Only 220 of the country’s total 1,220 intensive care beds at public hospitals were available on Friday morning, according to the Greek Health Ministry, with the availability rate for both CoViD-19 and non-CoviD-19 beds at only 18 percent.
In terms of ICU beds for non-CoViD-19 patients, the ministry reported that only 124 of 569 (or 22 percent) are still available across the country. The situation is even worse for beds reserved for CoViD-19 patients, with only 15% availability, as 555 of a total of 651 beds are occupied.
In northern Greece’s Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Katerini, and Kavala, where the second wave of the pandemic has been especially severe, public hospital intensive care units had only eight free Covid beds out of a total of 218 on Friday morning.
In Attica, the situation is only slightly less dire, with only 45 of a total of 218 beds available for critical coronavirus patients in the intensive care units of its referral hospitals.
Facilities in Thessaly and mainland Greece are also overcrowded, with only 3% available, while military hospitals have allocated 18 ICU beds to CoViD-19 patients, 17 of which are already occupied.
According to the Health Ministry, 6,362 beds have been set aside in public hospitals throughout Greece to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus at all stages of the disease. On Friday morning, 4,079 of these were occupied.