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Longer lockdown looms for Attica

Longer lockdown looms for Attica
Longer lockdown looms for Attica
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As coronavirus continues out of control in Attica, it is unlikely that the hard lockdown will be lifted at the end of the month as originally planned.

As of February 11, Attica entered a two-week hard lockdown.

The tough and sudden measures in Athens were enforced to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, occupancy at Attica’s Covid-19 intensive care wards reached 85% this week.

The committee of medical experts advising the government on its management of the pandemic is expected to recommend an extension to the measures for a couple more weeks beyond the original deadline of February 28.

“I do not think we will be reopening that fast,” Maria Tsolia, a professor of pediatric medicine and infectious diseases, and one of the members of the committee, told Skai TV on Thursday.

“We would have to see a reduction in numbers in Covid ICU; we cannot reopen with capacity at 70-80%,” she added.

Attica lockdown: Everything you need to know
Latest covid-19 numbers in Greece

Greece recorded 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

This raises the total number of cases to 176,059.

Another 181 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, a drop of 14.22 pct since the previous day. The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals was 215 patients over the last 7 days.

Three hundred and twenty individuals are in ICU. Their median age is 70 years. 88.4% have an underlying condition or are aged 70 years and above.

A total of 1,256 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.

The country’s pandemic death toll stands at 6,221. The median age of all was 79 years and 95.6% of the deceased had an underlying condition and/or age of 70 years or more.

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