Update – 20/10/2021
October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 700,959. 29 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 15,447. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 356. 3,739 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 701 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 574 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
The jump in confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections Tuesday to 3,739 was the highest number of daily cases recorded since the end of August and corroborated the assessment of health experts that cases will rise in tandem with lower temperatures as winter approaches and more activities take place indoors.
There has been a steady increase in epidemiological indicators since last week, with an average of 2,647 cases recorded daily, which is almost 400 more than in the previous seven days.
In addition, 29 new deaths were recorded Tuesday, bringing the total tally to 15,447, while 356 patients were being treated by intubation (87.6% unvaccinated or partially vaccinated). The average number of new hospital admissions in the last seven days has exceeded 200.
The pressure on hospitals in northern Greece remains high, with the occupancy rate in Covid ICUs consistently over 90%.
Laboratory tests conducted on urban wastewater by the National Network of Sewage Epidemiology show a significant increase in the average viral load in eight out of 12 cities inspected from October 11-17, over the previous week.
The samples collected showed a massive jump of 176% in Volos, 50% in Alexandroupoli and 30% in Larissa.
Attica recorded a 12% increase.
On the other hand, the viral load decreased in Rethymno (-33%), Agios Nikolaos (-50%) and Iraklio (-68%) – all of which are in Crete – and Patras (-12%).
Wastewater analysis is believed to give an early warning for upcoming epidemiological trends.
Minors are transmitters of SARS-CoV-2 and could serve as a “laboratory” for the creation of new mutations of the virus, according to the president of the National Vaccination Committee, Maria Theodoridou, who once again called for the vaccination of eligible children against Covid-19.
Theodoridou cited the results of a study in children and adolescents with Covid-19 in Massachusetts in the US. According to molecular testing and cultures of respiratory secretions, children can carry high levels of live, replicating SARS-CoV-2 and the viral loads are no different to those among adults.
She also referred to the issue of the booster shots for those who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson single dose, pointing out that, according to research conducted, the administration of an additional jab, which can be done two months after the initial vaccination, increases the effectiveness of the vaccine from 70% to 90%.
In more detail, the 3,739 new cases detected per Regional Unit: