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Greece ‘s Covid Observatory: Declining age of ICU patients, increase in deaths, hospitalizations

The latest surge in the coronavirus cases in Greece is showing a tendency toward stabilization but deaths and intensive care hospitalizations, especially among young people, are on the rise, the country’s Covid Observatory said in its 13th report on Friday.

“The high number of COVID-19 cases continues to be the result of laxity in observing social distancing rules,” the report noted.

“The stabilization is probably the result of measures for the use of face masks and to the greater restrictions applied in areas with many cases. However, the conditions continue to demand heightened vigilance, because the epidemic will possibly show an upward trend in the future,” the report added.

The report that provides details on the cases, tests and population movements, underlined that the extensive spread of the virus among younger people is worrying and reveals that the higher percentage of cases is aged under 40.

 At the same time, the large number of relatively younger patients that have been intubated, has lowered the average age of those intubated due to Covid-19 to 39 years old.

While the majority of new cases detected had mild or no symptoms, the burden placed on the health system was higher than in the previous report, with ICUs and high dependency units at 23% capacity.

The number of those treated in ICUs each day has increased from 31 to 38 and the average number of deaths to 4.

The highest number of cases are located in the region of Attica and the rest  are spread throughout Greece.

According to the available international data, Greece continues to be in a comparatively better shape as regards the number of deaths from COVID-19, where it ranks 111th worldwide with just 26 death per million citizens when the international average is 113.7 deaths per million citizens.

The transmission rate of 1:0.72 is below the threshold of 1:1, the report said.

More information on coronavirus in Greece here and on travel restrictions here.

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