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Coronavirus Greece: Death toll rises to 194; new cases:28, among them 16 tourists

28 news confirmed coronavirus cases and the first death after 11 days were announced on Friday evening. According to Greece’s health authorities 16 among the new cases have been detected among tourists. The number of total infections has risen to 3,964 and the death toll to 194.

The daily infections growth from Thursday to Friday has been 0.7%.

The latest fatality is an 83-year-old woman from Aridaia who was hospitalized in Thessaloniki. Hospitalized in ICU is also her son, while her grandson is reportedly in a normal hospital ward.

According to the latest weekly report of the National Health Organization EODY, 509 new cases have been recorded in the period July 1-15, 2020. Among them are 278 “imported” cases and 229 local. Majority of local cases are in Macedonia and Thrace (148). The remaining new cases are spread in several regions with Attica to top the least with 59 new cases.

According to health experts, there is spread among the general population as the number of “unsourced” confirmed cases and asymptomatic patients has increased in the last couple of days. Traces of coronavirus have been found in the sewage of Thessaloniki at levels similar of the last days of April.

The infections increase is estimated due to two reasons: opening of Greece’s borders to tourists already infected with the coronavirus and the relaxation of protective measures among the local population.

Geographical distribution July 17

The new cases have been detected:

12  at the entry points in Greece.

Another 4 travellers voluntarily sought laboratories for Covid-19 test in the country after they developed some symptoms. They were tested positive.

The remaining new cases are:

3 in Attica and 2 in Thessaloniki, 2 in Xanthi and 2 in Magnisia.

1 in Larissa, 1 in Herakleio (Crete) and 1 in Halkidiki.

On Romanian tourist has been tested positive on Santorini, being the first case on the island.

On the island of Crete, a local has been tested positive. The 55-year-old has been most likely infected by a relative who recently returned from a travel to Russia.

A 4-year-old child from Romania has been tested positive and is currently on vacation with its family on Crete,

General information July 17

According to the Health Ministry statement on Friday,  54.8% of the total of infections affect men.

Of the total cases, 1085 (27.4%)  are related to travel abroad, 2,035 (51.7%) are related to an already known case. The rest are not related to travel or another known case or are still under investigation.

Average age of the infected in 49 with age range between 0 and 102.

Number of intubated patients in ICUs has reduced to 12 due to one death and one discharged from ICU.

The average age of the intubated patients is 58 years old, among them is 1 woman. 75% of the intubated patients have underlying health issues or are over 70 years old.

124 patients have been discharged from the ICUs since the beginning of the outbreak.

Number of coronavirus-related deaths has reached 194.

Among the deceased were 63 women. The average age of the deceased was 76 with range age between 35 and 102.

95.9% had underlying health issues and/or were over 70 years old.


According to the Health Ministry on Wednesday, a total of 402,672 tests have been conducted since beginning of the year, 6,120 (1.5%) are positive. The data include several tests conducted on a single patient, as well.

44,221 (11%) tests have been conducted among flight passengers since June 12, the EODY statement said, adding that 91 (0.2%) are positive.

PS things start to get critical in Greece, when the daily infections are above 50, health experts have said.

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  1. Dimitra Zervopoulos

    The crap has hit the fan. Economic loss is better than loss of life. Since for the former, there exists some relief.

    • Let's put this in perspective.

      Loss of life is 0.02 to 0.04% percent of the population. Loss of economy will ruin people’s lives and will lead to premature deaths due to lack of medical attention, no access to medications and suicides that will outpace the Covid-19 death rates.

  2. Why is not mentioned like before where are the tourist from and also local people to chase them????

    • Because it was interesting while Serbian people were coming, but when they had to ban them so UK can come, now it isn’t funny anymore.