Update – 16/04/2021
April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 308,006. 104 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 9,239. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 819. 3,833 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,861 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 521 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Greece has up to 200,000 active Covid-19 cases, a leading health expert said Friday, adding that a decline should be expected after April 20.
Speaking on Skai radio on Friday, Nikolaos Tzanakis, an expert in respiratory disease and vice president of the Hellenic Thoracic Society, said that a decline in the number of critical Covid-19 patients being monitored in intensive care units (ICUs) should follow two or three weeks later. “I hope that ICU demand will peak at 900 beds,” he said.
A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from Covid-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to Covid-19 worldwide – with the Americas hardest hit, followed by Europe. The United States, Brazil and Mexico have reported the highest number of deaths, collectively at more than 1.1 million.
Addressing recent concerns about vaccines, Dr Hans Kluge also said the risk of people suffering blood clots is far higher for people with Covid-19 than people who receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Greece, Kluge did point to “early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries” and cited “declining incidence” among the oldest people.
He said the proportion of Covid-19 deaths among people over 80, who have been prioritized for vaccines, had dropped to nearly 30% – the lowest level in the pandemic.
“For now, the risk of suffering blood clots is much higher for someone with Covid-19 than for someone who has taken the AstraZeneca vaccine,” he said.
“Let there be no doubt about it, the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective in reducing Covid-19 hospitalization and preventing deaths,” he added, saying WHO recommends its use for all eligible adults. [AP]
In more detail, the 3,089 new cases detected per Regional Unit: