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Coronavirus: Greece hits another record in intubated patients, 60 more deaths, 3209 new cases

Greece’s health authorities announced on Wednesday 3,209 new coronavirus cases and another 60 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of intubated Covid-19 patients hit one more record reaching 480.

Total cases have reached 82,034 and death toll 1,288.

Media reported today that only 18% of the ICU beds are free. 950 ICU beds of 1,203 in total are occupied.

The pandemic situation in Thessaloniki remains crucial despite the fact that the area is in lockdown since November 3.

The viral load found in the urban wastewater of Thessaloniki is still increasing but the rate is slowing down, according to recent sewage water analysis in the northern port city conducted by a team from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In the most recent samples taken at the entrance of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (EELTH), the viral load rose by 50 percent, a significantly smaller increase than the 150 percent reported the previous two weeks.

However, the region of Thessaloniki is not the only one suffering from the pandemic. According to the country’s top epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras the regional units of Grevena, Pella, Drama, Pieria, Florina and Evros are “red!”

According to latest media information, the Prime Minister is considering to close the northern land borders.

On Wednesday evening, health minister Vassilis Kikilias presented on Wednesday evening, Greece’ national plan for covid-19 vaccination.

Official data November 18

According to the official daily bulletin on Wednesday, 4714(5.7%) of the total coronavirus cases are related to travel abroad and 20917 (25.5%) are related to already known infection case.

The remaining infections are whiteout known source.

53.7% of the infected are men.

The number of intubated patients in ICUs increased to 480 !!! from 443 day earlier. Their average age is 65, among them are 148 women. 81.0% have underlying health problems or are aged over 70.

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

Sixty more deaths in the last 24 hours increased death toll to 1288. Of the deceased 523 were women. The average age of the deceased was 80 and 97.4% of the deceased had an underlying condition or/and was over 70 years old.

Rolling weekly average cases at 2674!!! from 2352.

Total tests since begin of outbreak are 2,182,189.

Tests in the last 24 hours: 25,765 with 12.45% of them positive. A good, normal number with less reason for concerns is when positive is below 2%.

Daily growth at +4.1%

Geographical distribution November 18

Of the 3209 new coronavirus cases, 29 were detected at the country’s entry points.

29 of the new cases were detected at entry points; another 0 travelers already in the country sought laboratories after they developed symptoms.

The remaining cases are:

564 Attica

905 Thessaloniki

57 under investigation

207 Larissa

166 Pella

111 Imathia

101 Kilkis

95 Drama 79 Magnisia 77 Karditsa

76 Kavala 72 Serres 64 Evros

59 Florina 54 Kozani 47 Lesvos

46 Pieria 35 Heraklio 34 Xanthi

33 rodopi 32 Achaia 26 Trikala

23 Halkidiki 19 Grevena 16 Messinia

14 Ioannina

Each 12 Arkadia, Arta

11 Corfu

Each 10 Corinth, Chania

Each 9 Aitoloakarnania, Viotia, Ilia, Fthiotida

Each 8 Rhodes, Evritania, Kastoria

7 Rethymno

6 Evia 5 Lakonia

Each 4 Kefalonia, Mykonos, Limnos

Each 3 Paros,

Each 2 Argolida, Thasos, Thesprotia, Lasithi, Samos, Sporades, Fokida

Each 1  Zakynthos, Kalymnos, Thira, Syros, Lefkada, Preveza

Maps in comparison: November 18, 17

Map of infections per 100,000 people in the last ten days, according to regional units – based on infected permanent or temporary residence –  more charts here.

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