Greece approved colchicine, an inexpensive medicine for heart diseases, to be included in the protocol of oral treatments for patients with Covid-19.
The committee of experts of the health ministry gave the “green light” after the positive results of a large Canadian study in which Greece participated.
The study showed that the administration of colchicine to Covid-19 patients “reduced mortality by 44%, hospitalization by 25% and the need for intubation by 50%,” professor of cardiology Spyros Deftereos, who coordinated the study in Greece told Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA).
There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.
The new coronavirus has been found in mink at two farms in northern Greece, an agriculture ministry official said on Friday.
The strain found in the mink had not mutated from that found in humans, the official said.
The breeder at one of the farms, in the northerly Kozani region, also tested positive for the virus, and tests were being conducted on workers. A cull of the 2,500 mink at that farm was due to begin shortly.
Only part of the European Union population can be inoculated against the new coronavirus before 2022, EU officials said in an internal meeting, as the vaccines the bloc is securing may not prove effective or may not be manufactured in sufficient doses
Greek confirmed coronavirus infections soared to 865 on Wednesday, from 667 on Tuesday, reflecting the concern of authorities recently about several cluster outbreaks in Greece, especially the north.
The National Public Health Organization (EODY) said that of the 865, 82 were linked to known clusters and 44 were identified at entry points to Greece. The confirmed pandemic cases in Greece total 27,334 since late February, with 3,672 of these related to travel abroad and 10,802 to already confirmed cases.
In addition, 86 patients are intubated in hospitals. Their median age is 66 years, 91.9 percent have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or above, and 28 of them are women. Since the start of the pandemic in Greece, 265 patients have been discharged from ICUs.
Greece registered a record-breaking 667 new confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Tuesday, with 88 people linked to known clusters and 45 detected at the country’s entry points.
The National Public Health Organization announced that all cases since the pandemic arrived in Greece in late February total 26,469 of whom 3,613 are believed to be related to travel abroad and 10,539 to previously known cases.
A total of 87 people are intubated. Their median age is 66 years, 93.1 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more, and 27 of them are women.