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Update – 11/03/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 212,091. 43 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 6,886. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 479. 2,633 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,322 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 283 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias appealed to the private sector on Wednesday, calling on doctors to do their part to help public hospitals and their staff cope with the pressure of rising Covid admissions. “The health system across the country, but in Attica especially… is reaching its limits,” he said in the ministry’s daily afternoon briefing on the course of the pandemic. “We must all support the system; there is no such thing as private or public in this struggle; we are all in it together,” he added.

According to official figures released on Wednesday, Greece’s coronavirus referral hospitals admitted 3,664 patients suffering from Covid-19 in the last 10 days alone, filling at an average rate of 389 patients a day over the week. Admissions on Wednesday came to 476, pushing nationwide occupancy at regular Covid wards to just under 50% and at intensive care units to 67%.

The trend is rising, meanwhile, as Tuesday’s admissions were 443, Monday’s 390 and Sunday’s 337, though Saturday was also a bad day with 429 admissions. On February 28, meanwhile, 259 Covid patients were admitted to Greece’s referral hospitals.

“In the past few days, we have seen the equivalent of a 200-bed hospital filling up with Covid-19 patients in a single emergency shift,” Kikilias said.

The European Commission said on Wednesday it has reached a deal with drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of an additional four million Covid-19 vaccine doses to be delivered this month. The doses to vaccinate two million people will be supplied in addition to the planned deliveries, to ease border movement and to tackle virus hotspots, the Commission said. “To tackle aggressive variants of the virus and to improve the situation in hotspots, quick and decisive action is necessary,” the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said.

The short-term burst in shipments marks a rare piece of good news following a shortfall in deliveries from Pfizer and as AstraZeneca has struggled to catch up on slower-than-agreed output. The number of infections and hospitalisations rose steeply over the past few weeks in regions like Tyrol in Austria, Nice and Moselle in France, Bolzano in Italy and some parts of Bavaria and Saxony in Germany, according to the Commission.

The extra doses will be used to support its member states in tackling the hotspots through their targeted use, particularly in border regions, to restore free movement of goods and people, the Commission said. France said the additional doses would boost vaccines available in the country by about 600,000.

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech’s vaccine, which won EU approval in December, has proven to be highly effective against all currently known variants of the coronavirus, the Commission added.

It said the increase in dose deliveries this month is due to successful expansion of manufacturing capacities in Europe, which was completed by mid-February.

A BioNTech spokeswoman said the additional doses were a result of an “improvement in efficiency”, adding that volumes to be delivered in the second quarter remained unchanged.

Pfizer temporarily cut deliveries to the EU in January due to construction work at its plant in the Belgian town of Puurs.

The drugmaker had previously committed to supply a total of 500 million vaccine doses to the European Union by the end of 2021, with an option for another 100 million doses.

Sources told Reuters in mid-February that Pfizer and BioNTech had ramped up deliveries to the bloc to a rate of about 5 million doses per week. [Reuters]

In more detail, the 2,633 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 1,322
    • Eastern Attica 161
    • Northern Sector of Athens 163
    • West Attica 73
    • Western Sector of Athens 220
    • Central Sector of Athens 332
    • Southern Sector of Athens 118
    • Islands 22
    • Piraeus 233
  • Thessaloniki 283
  • 17 cases in Etoloakarnania
  • 30 cases in Argolida
  • 20 cases in Arcadia
  • 10 cases in Arta
  • 84 cases in Achaia
  • 23 cases in Viotia
  • 1 case in Grevena
  • 3 cases in Drama
  • 9 cases in Evros
  • 51 cases in Evia
  • 7 cases in Evritania
  • 5 cases in Zakynthos
  • 24 cases in Ilia
  • 21 cases in Imathia
  • 62 cases in Heraklion
  • 12 cases in Thesprotia
  • 1 case in Ithaca
  •  39 cases in Ioannina
  • 21 cases in Kavala
  • 3 cases in Kalymnos
  •  11 cases in Karditsa
  • 14 cases in Kastoria
  • 1 case in Corfu
  • 1 case in Kefallinia
  • 19 cases in Kilkis
  • 39 cases in Kozani
  • 50 cases in Corinth
  • 8 cases in Kos
  • 3 cases in Laconia
  • 115 cases in Larissa
  • 3 cases in Lassithi
  • 17 cases in Lesvos
  • 1 case in Lefkada
  • 22 cases in Magnesia
  • 2 cases in Messinia
  • 2 cases in Mykonos
  • 3 cases in Naxos
  • 4 cases in Xanthi
  • 2 cases in Paros
  • 18 cases in Pella
  • 36 cases in Pieria
  • 3 cases in Preveza
  • 19 cases in Rethymno
  • 3 cases in Rodopi
  • 9 cases in Rhodes
  • 5 cases in Samos
  • 15 cases in Serres
  • 10 cases in Sporades
  • 5 cases in Trikala
  • 26 cases in Fthiotida
  • 2 cases in Florina
  • 4 cases in Fokida
  • 21 cases in Chalkidiki
  • 10 cases in Chania
  • 9 cases in Chios
  • 65 cases under investigation.

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