The diagnoses of new cases in the territory hit "red" yesterday as well. In total 3.475 laboratory confirmed new cases were recorded in 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 524.871.
The increased transmissibility of the "Delta" mutation, the relaxation of the observance of the measures and the low rate of vaccinations due to summer intensify the concern of the scientists for the next steps. Yesterday we still had 19 deaths of our fellow citizens, while within a week (2-8 August) we had 1.376 new admissions to the country's hospitals.
Nevertheless, scientists believe that if we remain at their level 3.000-4.000, even of 5.000 cases per day, the situation will be manageable, as on the one hand most cases are young people, so they get sick more easily than the other, a significant part of the population, especially in the elderly, are vaccinated.
However, achieving the wall of immunity by the end of August is considered almost elusive, as characteristically stated by the president of the hospital doctors Matina Pagoni (ΣΚΑΪ). For this, he added, must run a marathon to increase vaccinations as people return to urban centers.
The government is determined in any case to stop the chain of dispersion, taking even more specific and stringent measures for the unvaccinated. In this context, A Joint Ministerial Decision is being prepared, according to which unvaccinated public and private sector workers will come to the workplace with the obligation to double test, molecular or rapid, at their own expense. This will also apply to teachers.
According to yesterday's update of EODY, the number of patients treated by intubation is 226, with a median age of 65 years. They have been out of the ICU since the beginning of the pandemic 2.854 patients, while the admissions of new Covid-19 patients to the hospitals of the territory are 246 (daily change +16,59%). The average import of the seven days is 212 patients.
Of all the 3.475 new cases 22 are imported, of which 15 were found after checks at the country's gates. The majority of cases (949) is located in Attica, Crete follows with 468 και η Θεσσαλονίκη με 284.
The data of the week show a clearer picture of the course of the pandemic 2 to 8 August, when the positivity rate reached 3,05% in total 623.985 laboratory tests and 0,79% in total 709.364 self-diagnostic tests. In all controls, the positivity rate was 1,47%. At the same time the admissions of new patients were 1.376, while all the discharges due to healing were 1.024.
Three new treatments
In the meantime, The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the launch of new clinical trials worldwide to measure the effectiveness of Covid-19 in three additional treatments..
"We are pleased to announce the next phase of the Solidarity study, called Solidarity PLUS and will try three drugs: the artesonate, a malaria treatment in its severe form, imatinib, a drug against certain cancers, the infiltration, a treatment for immune system disorders "such as Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis, said the director general of the WHO, Tentros Antanom Gebregesus, during a press conference. As he said, these drugs were selected by a team of independent experts and stated that the trials will be conducted in more than 600 hospitals in 52 Countries.
"Last week, WHO was notified of 200 millions of Covid-19 cases, just six months after the limit was exceeded 100 millions of cases. And we know that the actual number of cases is much higher. ", underlined Dr. Tentros. "The question is whether we will reach 300 millions and how fast we will reach them, depends on all of us. If the current course continues, we can overcome them 300 millions of cases reported early next year ".