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Update – 18/03/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 227,247.  56 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 7,252. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 630. 3,465 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,701 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 394 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

While Greece has been under lockdown for months, the country recorded the highest number of intubations and coronavirus cases it has ever had in one day on Wednesday.

Greece identified a total of 3,465 cases of the coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, 1,932 more than the 1,533 cases diagnosed in the country on Tuesday.

The number of patients with Covid-19 who are currently intubated in Greece reached 630 on Wednesday, which represents 25 more than those recorded the day before.

Greece on Wednesday urged doctors to volunteer their services to the state health system as it struggles to rein in fast-spreading Covid-19 infections. “We are at the most critical juncture of the pandemic,” Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias told a weekly briefing, calling for general practitioners and pneumonologists to volunteer to work in state hospitals. He said that if some 200 doctors did not respond to his call in the next 48 hours he would recommend to the prime minister to allow health authorities to force them work for the state health system.

Two private hospitals were enlisted last week to treat Covid-19 patients in Athens, where half of the country’s 11 million population lives, and Kikilias said that another would be repurposed to take Covid-19 patients. With more than 7,000 coronavirus-related deaths in total, Greece has fared better than many other European countries.

Authorities have tightened and loosened movement restrictions since November, hired health staff and set up new intensive care units to fight the pandemic. But infections were still high and the health system, badly hurt by a decade-long financial crisis, was struggling to treat 4,648 Covid-19 patients across the country – 1,000 more than to last week – Kikilias said.

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to create a “Digital Green Certificate” to facilitate safe, unencumbered travel inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Certificate was an idea proposed by Greece, which together with other Mediterranean nations, have been pushing the EU to adopt the scheme, in order to unlock international travel for the summer holidays.

Greece began issuing a digital vaccination certificate in February for citizens who have received both doses of the coronavirus shot.

The Digital Green Certificate will serve as proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. It will be available, free of charge, in digital or paper format. The document will include a QR code to ensure the security and authenticity of the certificate.

The Commission will build a gateway to ensure all certificates can be verified across the EU, and support member states in the technical implementation of the certificates.

In more detail, the 3,465 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 1,701
    • Eastern Attica 197
    • Northern Sector of Athens 208
    • West Attica 76
    • Western Sector of Athens 273
    • Central Sector of Athens 456
    • Southern Sector of Athens 147
    • Islands 26
    • Piraeus 318
  • Thessaloniki 394
  • 27 cases in Etoloakarnania
  • 4 cases in Andros
  • 27 cases in Argolida
  • 10 cases in Arcadia
  • 9 cases in Arta
  • 130 cases in Achaia
  • 60 cases in Viotia
  • 10 cases in Grevena
  • 11 cases in Drama
  • 19 cases in Evros
  • 38 cases in Evia
  • 9 cases in Evritania
  • 11 cases in Zakynthos
  • 17 cases in Ilia
  • 33 cases in Imathia
  • 59 cases in Heraklion
  • 4 cases in Thesprotia
  • 30 cases in Ioannina
  • 22 cases in Kavala
  • 12 cases in Kalymnos
  • 18 cases in Karditsa
  • 20 cases in Kastoria
  • 9 cases in Corfu
  • 1 case in Kefallinia
  • 34 cases in Kilkis
  • 52 cases in Kozani
  • 48 cases in Corinth
  • 7 cases in Kos
  • 7 cases in Laconia
  • 114 cases in Larissa
  • 5 cases in Lassithi
  • 21 cases in Lesvos
  • 1 case in Lefkada
  • 30 cases in Magnesia
  • 11 cases in Messinia
  • 10 cases in Mykonos
  • 6 cases in Naxos
  • 10 cases in Xanthi
  • 41 cases in Pella
  • 18 cases in Pieria
  • 8 cases in Preveza
  • 14 cases in Rethymno
  • 3 cases in Rodopi
  • 2 cases in Rhodes
  • 9 cases in Samos
  • 20 cases in Serres
  • 2 cases in Sporades
  • 1 case in Syros
  • 5 cases in Tinos
  • 23 cases in Trikala
  • 38 cases in Fthiotida
  • 8 cases in Florina
  • 7 cases in Fokida
  • 21 cases in Chalkidiki
  • 30 cases in Chania
  • 9 cases in Xios
  • 152 cases under investigation

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