Greek health authorities have announced that 70 specialized intensive care units will be added to Athens hospitals as high hospitalization rates have nearly filled the available ones.
The Athens area along with several others across the country are under lockdown until March 8, with most shops closed, schools operating on distance learning and a 9 p.m. curfew, but many experts talk of extending this for at least another week.
Greece confirmed 1,790 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, of which 6 were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Friday.
Confirmed infections since the pandemic began total 188,201 in Greece. In the last seven days, 62 confirmed cases related to incoming travellers and 2,462 already confirmed cases.
A total of 371 patients are on ventilators nationwide. Their median age is 69 years. An 84.9 pct has an underlying condition and is aged 70 or more.
Another 1,326 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began in Greece. The current average of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals nationally is 270 (daily change: -7.53 pct). The average rate of hospital admissions in the last seven days in 273 patients.
EODY said that 29 people died of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hrs, while the deceased since the pandemic began in Greece total 6,439. Of these, 95.7 pct had an underlying condition and were aged 70 or more.
The median age of new infections is 44, while the median age of the deceased was 79.