Surge in COVID-19 cases in Greece
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Over the past 24 hours, Greek health authorities reported 269 new cases, 39 of which were from travelers. Two deaths were reported.
It has been reported that there are 25 patients currently using ventilators, while 137 have exited from intensive care units. The median age of the patients with ventilators in ITU is 67 years, and over half of them have an underlying condition.
On Tuesday, the Greek Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said in a press briefing that the country was ‘at a better epidemiological level than many other countries but if we do not observe the protection measures, things will go bad.’
On the same day, Greece’s Health Minister, Vassilis Kikilias, told reporters that the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines were expected to arrive in December, in a deal that will get them three million doses in total. The delivery of the vaccine doses will be monthly between December and June.
The Health minister said, ‘If all goes well, Greece will receive its agreed share in seven deliveries..we will start with 700,000 doses in December.’ He added that’once the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective’ another 300 million doses will be purchased, with an option to purchase another 100 million.
Since the pandemic began, Greece reported a total number of 7,472 cases and 232 deaths.