The pressure on the Greek health care system and, in particular, on the intensive care units-Covid is growing at an alarming rate.
Haralambos Gogos, professor of pathology and member of the Committee of Epidemiologists, presented at a Ministry of Health briefing today, the country’s intensive care unit occupancy is 60% and the average number of hospitalizations is 251 people per day.
The biggest challenge, he said, is in the intensive care units in Crete, where the wards are 96.5% full. In other clinics, the ward rate is 44, while the number of patients increased by 12.44% over the previous week. The expert added that 1,872 people were admitted to hospitals this week, up from 961 last week.
“We have entered the fourth wave of the pandemic on a global scale, and we are far from being in control,” said Mr Gogos.
“The Delta variant has penetrated everywhere, it is a very contagious strain and threatens the unvaccinated, but the existing vaccines are very effective, including for this variant,” the professor said.
Mr. Gogos said that the epidemiological burden in Greece is constantly growing (positivity index from 3% to 4%). He also reported that the prevalence of the Delta mutation exceeds 80% (in the samples studied) and indicates the spread of the disease among young people, although there is a shift towards older age.