A nightmare number of daily coronavirus cases: 865 – the new all times negative record in Greece. On Wednesday evening , health authorities announced also another six deaths. At the same time, the Civil Protection placed the regional unit of Kastoria in lockdown and upgraded to category 3 “increased surveillance” the regional units of Ioannina, Thessaloniki, Larissa, Viotia and Serres.
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The total cases have increased to 27,334 and death toll to 534.
Of the new cases, 55 were detected among tourists.
Attica is again on top of the list with 331 new cases, followed by Thessaloniki with 181.
What is interesting is that health authorities had …psychologically prepared the public about today’s extraordinary number of daily cases, by leaking to the press that “a high number should be expected.”
Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias described the current situation with the constant increase of daily case that could soon reach 4-digit, as “especially crucial.”
And it will be even more “crucial” and possibly also out of control, if commuters keep crowding in public transport means because the government failed to prepare the system (more buses, personnel and schedules) in time, or because local authorities turn a blind eye to “spontaneous parades” or if a part of the society believe they are “smarter” and “invulnerable.”
Official data October 21
According to the official daily bulletin on Wednesday, 3672 (13.4%) of the total coronavirus cases are related to travel abroad and 10802 (39.5%) are related to already known infection case.
55.6% of the infected are men.
The number of intubated patients in ICUs is 86 from 87 a day earlier. Their average age is 66, among them are 28 women. 91.9% have underlying health problems or are aged over 70.
265 people have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
Six more deaths in the last 24 hours increased death toll to 534. Of the deceased 201 were women. The average age of the deceased was 79 and 96.3% of the deceased had an underlying condition or/and was over 70 years old.
Total tests since begin of outbreak are 1,588,713.
Tests in the last 24 hours: 19,915 with 4.34% of them positive. A good, normal number with less reason for concerns is when positive is below 2%.
Daily growth at +3.3%.
Geographical distribution October 21
Of the 865 new coronavirus cases, 82 are related to known clusters and 44 were detected at the country’s entry points.
Majority of new cases are recorded in Attica
44 of the new cases were detected at entry points; another 11 travelers already in the country sought laboratories after they developed symptoms.
The remaining cases are:
331 in Attica
41 under investigation
19 Serres, 13 Evia, 12 Aitoloakarnania
Each 10 Viotia, Achaia
8 Kavala, 7 Pieria
Each 6 Naxos, Lesvos, Heraklio
Each 5 Kilkis
Each 4 Trikala, Rodopi, Messinia, Evros
Each 3 Xanthi, Imathia, Ilia, Argolida, Halkidiki, Magninia
Each 2 Lakonia, Corinth, Fthiotida, Rhodes, Corfu
Each 1 Chios, Tinos, Lefkada, Kos, Kea/Kythnos, Kalymnos, Thira, Florina, Preveza
October 21: Map of infections in the last ten days, according to regional units – based on infected permanent or temporary residence – more charts here in pdf in Greek.
Ten students at the Military Academy in Athens were tested positive; one is hospitalized.
Positive have been tested also 4 workers in a factory in Laganas by Thessaloniki and 4 players of ARIS FC.
Several pregnant women have been placed in isolation after a gynecologist in Volos was tested positive.
One more case has been confirmed in the Greek Parliament, the third since last week.
One doctor in oncology public hospital Agios Savvas in Athens has been tested positive. Several doctors and nurses have been placed isolation, tests have been carried out to 10 cancer patients, the results are due.
18 workers at cotton ginning facility in Livadeia (Viotia) were tested positive to Covid-19, tests are to be conducted to the rest of a 70 workers in total.
More information about coronavirus in Greece here.
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