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Update – 01/03/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 191,100. 36 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 6,504. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 391. 1,269 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 591 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 136 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Attica will remain under strict lockdown measures until March 8, Nikos Chardalias, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection announced on Friday. The stringent anti-virus measures in Attica were meant to last until March 1, but the recent spike in coronavirus cases and intubations in the area, home to Greece’s capital city Athens, caused officials to extend the lockdown.

Dr. Vana Papaevangelou, a renowned epidemiologist and member of the special coronavirus committee, warned Friday that Attica’s ICUs have reached 88% capacity. The lack of space in the region’s hospitals is particularly worrying to officials, who fear that any more pressure on the healthcare system could lead to overflowing hospitals. Attica, along with Kalymnos, the Kordelio-Evosmos district of Thessaloniki, Evia, Achaea, and Arkadia are all considered “extremely high risk areas” in terms of viral transmission. According to Papaevangelou, there are a total of 12,000 active cases of the coronavirus in Greece currently.

Greece has now surpassed 850,000 Coronavirus vaccinations, while another 50 vaccination centers will be added to the current 750, Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Saturday. This statement took place after the minister’s visit to the mega-center of vaccinations at Helexpo in the northern suburb of Marousi in Athens.

One Year Since First Coronavirus Case Was Reported in Greece

The first case of coronavirus in Greece was confirmed on February 26, 2020. The news was shared with the nation in an emergency briefing by the Ministry of Health by the Professor of Infectious Diseases Sotiris Tsiodras. According to Dr. Tsiodras, the first Greek victim of the new virus was a 38-year-old woman who had returned from an affected area in ​​northern Italy.

Patient zero was Dimitra Voulgaridou, a fashion designer who had traveled to Milan for business, at a time when the number of cases in northern Italy had risen sharply. A year later, Greece mourns 6,468 deaths from the pandemic.

Speaking with Greece’s state-run AMNA news agency on Saturday, Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias said: ”One year after the first COVID-19 case in Greece we have entered, thanks to the vaccine, the final stretch before the end of this huge trial. Until May, as the Prime Minister said, all citizens over 60 and all those with underlying health issues will have been vaccinated. “This will be a huge breather for our health system and we hope that will allow us to gradually return to normality.” We are contributing with all our forces to the national goal, the so-called ”Eleftheria project”, by enhancing the operational effort of the armed forces for the safe transfer of the vaccines and by creating four mega vaccination centers: Promitheas center in Maroussi, Athens, and TIF-Helexpo in Thessaloniki has already been operating and vaccinating thousands of citizens every day,” the deputy minister said.

In more detail, the 1,269 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 591
    • Eastern Attica 86
    • Northern Sector of Athens 85
    • West Attica 98
    • Western Sector of Athens 22
    • Central Sector of Athens 151
    • Southern Sector of Athens 65
    • Islands 22
    • Piraeus 84
  • Thessaloniki 136
  • 32 cases in Etoloakarnania
  • 23 cases in Argolida
  • 9 cases in Arcadia
  • 3 cases in Arta
  • 44 cases in Achaia
  • 4 cases in Viotia
  • 2 cases in Grevena
  • 1 case in Drama
  • 12 cases in Evros
  • 18 cases in Evia
  • 2 cases in Zakynthos
  • 10 cases in Ilia
  • 9 cases in Imathia
  • 29 cases in Heraklion
  • 1 case in Thassos
  • 6 cases in Thesprotia
  • 2 cases in Thira
  • 14 cases in Ioannina
  • 5 cases in Kavala
  • 6 cases in Kalymnos
  • 4 cases in Karditsa
  • 8 cases in Kastoria
  • 4 cases in Corfu
  • 3 cases in Kefallinia
  • 2 cases in Kilkis
  • 12 cases in Kozani
  • 25 cases in Corinth
  • 1 case in Kos
  • 60 cases in Larissa
  • 4 cases in Lassithi
  • 4 cases in Lesvos
  • 2 cases in the Lefkada
  • 3 cases in the Lemnos
  • 16 cases in Magnesia
  • 6 cases in Messinia
  • 1 case in Mykonos
  • 4 cases in Xanthi
  • 6 cases in Pella
  • 4 cases in Pieria
  • 2 cases in the Preveza
  • 10 cases in Rethymno
  • 1 case in Rodopi
  • 9 cases in Rhodes
  • 4 cases in Samos
  • 15 cases in Serres
  • 2 cases in Syros
  • 2 cases in Trikala
  • 55 cases in Fthiotida
  • 5 cases in Fokida
  • 10 cases in Halkidiki
  • 3 cases in Chania
  • 6 cases in Chios
  • 13 cases under investigation

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