Greece Coronavirus: Death toll reaches 500; new cases on Saturday : 482

Coronavirus cases spike again in Greece

Death toll due to coronavirus reached 500 in Greece on Saturday after ten more Covid-19 patients died in the past 24 hours. Health authorities announced also a 482 new cases on a Saturday where traditionally the number of tests and consequently the number of cases are low.

The total cases have reached 24,932.

The number of deaths increased to 158 in the time October 1-17, while detah toll was 200 form the begining of the outbreak in late February until July 24.

24 of the October fatalities were aged 40-64 and 134 over 65 years old.

Of the new 482 cases on Saturday, 20 were detected among tourists.

Attica is again on top of the list with 207 new cases.

Average daily deaths per week (last 7 days) were 7, health ministry spokesman Gkikas Majiorkinis said during the live briefing on Friday. The average in the week before was 4.7.

The active confirmed cases are 5,100 with 2,400 of them form “an unknown source.”

The active cases are estimated to be 20,000, Majiorkinis said, apparently referring to ‘unconfirmed cases.”

Live Briefing

Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said that the country experiences a “big pressure.” He spoke of a “stability in the number of cases” even though they surpassed 500 on Friday, striking an all times negative record since the outbreak in Greece in late February.

Hardalias warned residents in the Regional Unit of Ioannina, Epirus, that “they would be next with a forced lockdown as in Kozani.”

Both Majiorkinis and Hardalias stressed that “Greece is in better situation than other European countries.”

Lockdown in Kozani

Health authorities and the Civil Protection placed the Regional Unit of Kozani in lockdown, the first in the second wave of the pandemic in Greece. The lockdown went in force on October 16 and is valid until October 29, 2020. More details about the measures during the lockdown in Kozani here.


Greek authorities launched an interactive COVID-19 MAP, an online tool where citizens can check the imposed restrictions and measures as well as the risk level of each region across the country.

Official data October 17

According to the official daily bulletin on Saturday, 3475 (13.9%) of the total coronavirus cases are related to travel abroad and 10037 (40.3%) are related to already known infection case.

55.6% of the infected are men.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.