The Greek Army is setting up a field hospital for COVID-19 cases


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Thessaloniki – The Greek armed forces are establishing a field hospital with more than 50 beds in the northern city of Thessaloniki as part of plans to cope with the high number of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

Deputy Defense Minister Alchivadis Stefanis, who visited the site outside the city’s military hospital on Monday, said the field hospital would be ready by the end of the week.

“This mobile hospital is created in the event of a particularly difficult situation and as part of the planning that the armed forces have always had,” Stephans said, adding that the military always plans based on the worst possible scenario.

The field hospital will contain 50 regular beds for coronavirus patients and two ICU beds.

Thessaloniki has been at the center of the spike in coronavirus cases in Greece, as its hospitals and medical staff are under severe stress. On Friday, health authorities set aside two private clinics in the city and their staff for use in treating COVID-19 patients.

“After the rapid increase in admissions, both Thessaloniki hospitals and their medical staff have reached their borders,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Monday.

According to figures released by health authorities on Friday, only 4% of the intensive care beds designated for treating coronavirus patients in Thessaloniki are still available, with 210 out of the 218 families already occupied.

Greece saw the number of COVID-19 deaths per day climb to more than 100 over the weekend, with 108 people dying on Saturday and 103 more on Sunday. The country of about 11 million people now has more than 91,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,630 deaths since the start of the epidemic. A second nationwide lockdown was imposed earlier this month through the end of November, but the restrictions are widely expected to be extended into December in some form.

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