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Greece breaks another daily record: 15 deaths; 882 new coronavirus cases

Greece broke a new negative record in daily deaths: 15 Covid-19 patients died in the past 24 hours. On Thursday evening, health authorities announced again a very high number of daily coronavirus case: 882.

The total cases have increased to 28,216 and death toll to 549.

Apart from the shocking number of deaths, equally worrying is the number of intubations in the past 24 hours: 19 Covid patients had to be intubated. This must be another negative record in a country that celebrated in June “We beat the virus” but now it seems to have lost control.

Of the new cases, 59 were detected among tourists.

Attica is again on top of the list with 290 new cases, followed by Thessaloniki with 180.

Coronavirus cases in Thessaloniki sewage have increased by 500%, media reported.

New Measures: Night Curfew, masks

In a televised address to the nation Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced two new measures: on Thursday evening: night curfew and the mandatory use of masks in- and outdoors. See details here.

Development on Covid-19 map

October 9

October 19

October 22

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 Thursday, 3729 (13.2%) of the total coronavirus cases are related to travel abroad and 11032 (39.1%) are related to already known infection case.

55.5% of the infected are men.

The number of intubated patients in ICUs is 90 from 86 a day earlier. Their average age is 66, among them are 32 women. 92.2% have underlying health problems or are aged over 70.

265 people have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.

Fifteen more deaths in the last 24 hours increased death toll to 549.  Of the deceased 205 were women. The average age of the deceased was 79 and 96.2% of the deceased had an underlying condition or/and was over 70 years old.

Rolling weekly average cases at 611 from 367 last week.

Total tests since begin of outbreak are 1,609,040.

Tests in the last 24 hours: 20,327 with 4.34% of them positive. A good, normal number with less reason for concerns is when positive is below 2%.

Daily growth at +3.2%.

Geographical distribution October 22

Of the 882 new coronavirus cases, 99 are related to known clusters and 52 were detected at the country’s entry points.

Majority of new cases are recorded in Attica

52 of the new cases were detected at entry points; another 4 travelers already in the country sought laboratories after they developed symptoms.

The remaining cases are:

290 in Attica

188 Thessaloniki

43 under investigation

65 Serres

40 Larissa

23 Ioannina

17 Lesvos

15 Kastoria

Each 10 Heraklio, KOzani, Rodopi

Each 9 Trikala, Messinia, Achaia

Each 7 Magnisia, Viotia

Each 5 Fthiotida, Pella, Kavala, Imathia

Each 4 Chania, Halkidiki, Rethymno, Pieria, Xanthis, Kilkis

Each 3 Naxos, Evros, Arkadia, Argolida

Each 2  Corfu, Ilia, Evia, Drama, Aitoloakarnania

Each 1 Fokida, Florina, Sporades, Corinth, Kea/Kythnos, KArditsa, Thira, Andros

October 22: 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.

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