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Pandemic very persistent despite three weeks of nationwide lockdown, says professor Papaevangelou

Pandemic very persistent despite three weeks of nationwide lockdown, says professor Papaevangelou
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The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Greece is very persistent, observed Professor Vana Papaevangelou at Friday's live briefing on the latest news concerning the virus' dispersal in the country.

Despite the fact that the number of new infections in Greece is dropping, the epidemiological curve itself is still high, she added. However, according to the latest data released by the European Center for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC), Greece stands in the 17th place for new infections in Europe and in the 16th place for its mortality rate; these figures are quite low compared to other European countries, she pointed out.

The number of new infections registered on Friday in Thessaloniki (545), in Attica (519) and in Larisa (106) are very high, while the 93 new cases in Serres and the 80 in Magnesia are also alarming, she noted.

The daily average of new coronavirus infections nationwide stands at approximately 2,000 so far this week, said the professor, while in some regions new cases are rising, despite the fact that Greece is currently in its third week of the general lockdown.

The median age of new infections has gone up slightly to 48 years, and the number of people over the age of 65 who were infected this week went up too, she added. This means that the national health system will remain under pressure throughout next week, by the continuing demands of hospitalizations and treatment, she underlined.

She also estimated that there are currently some 25,000 active coronavirus cases in Greece.