Greece's coronavirus death toll tops 100



A hundred people have died in Greece after contracting coronavirus, the latest figures reveal.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece has also risen to 2,145, according to the latest update from Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras.

Some 73 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The average age of these patients is 68 years, 17 of these are women, while an 81% of all ICU patients have underlying health issues or are at least 70 years of age.

It must be noted, Tsiodras added, that 16 patients have been discharged from ICUs in the last 24 hours.

A total of 43,417 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Greece.

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas announced that measures concerning travel will be tightened ahead of Easter, in an effort to avoid any relapses in the progress of the containment of Covid-19.

As he pointed out, “Moving to the homes of relatives and friends for the Resurrection or on Easter Sunday, to celebrate together is not allowed. Let’s celebrate a few weeks after the first victory against the coronavirus and let’s celebrate Easter next year, all together, as our tradition and religion wants.”

“It would be unfair to tear down what we were building in the past few weeks, it would be wrong to be paralysed from the spring,” Petsas added.

He also condemned incidents such as those with the priests in Corfu and Koukaki, emphasising that they violated the laws for the protection of public health and the decisions of the Holy Synod.

“Slackening is not allowed, make no mistake,” he added.

“We are preparing for a return to normalcy, but we are not there yet. The only sure thing is that the more faithfully we self-discipline, the faster the gradual and long-term return will begin,” Petsas concluded.