Greece reported a record daily rise of 865 coronavirus infections on Wednesday.
Yesterday, 667 cases were recorded, reflecting the concern of authorities recently about several cluster outbreaks in Greece
This raises the total number of cases to 27,334.
Eighty-six individuals are in ICU. Their median age is 66 years, and 28 of them are women. 91.9% have an underlying condition or are aged 70 years and above.
A total of 265 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
The country’s pandemic death toll stands at 534. The median age of all was 79 years and 96.3% of the deceased had an underlying condition and/or age of 70 years or more.
Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias announced that the region of Kastoria will be placed under Level-4 alert as of 06:00 on Friday.
Ioannina region will remain at Level-3 alert, while the regions of Thessaloniki, Boeotia, Larissa and Serres will be placed under a higher Level-3 alert. Concerning Ioannina, the situation there will be re-evaluated on Saturday, he added.
With Thessaloniki jointly commemorating its patron saint Agios Dimitrios and the city's liberation from Ottoman rule on October 26-27, celebrations there will be radically affected, bearing in mind that Level-3 alert allows only a maximum of nine (9) people to gather at any one time, anywhere, outdoors or indoors.
Hardalias stressed that Wednesday saw another record-breaking number of new infections in Greece, but also a record number of diagnostic tests performed in a single day (24,116), but insisted that coronavirus' dispersal rate suggests the situation is "extremely critical."
Concluding, the minister underlined that the collective effort to contain the coronavirus over the last few months "should not go amiss by letting down one's guard," and urged all citizens to observe protective measures diligently.
Greece's new online map of health safety and protection from the novel coronavirus (available through covid19.gov.gr), includes information on infection cases per area and the measures in effect at that area. The measures are based on a system of four levels of intensity: preparedness, monitoring, increased monitoring, and increased threat.
Information regarding the measures (based on the number of cases) in each region, can be accessed in three ways:
- by entering a postal code in the relevant field
- by selecting the regional unit from the relevant menu
- by clicking on the area of interest on the map
It is noted that the information on the website is in Greek only.