Greece Mourns 37-Day-Old Baby as Youngest COVID-19 Victim

Greece mourned a 37-day-old baby as the youngest COVID-19 victim in the country on March 8.

“Unfortunately today, we had the youngest victim of the pandemic in our country. An infant who spent 17 of his 37 days fighting the coronavirus. The virus does not discriminate, but today the grief is unbearable,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Twitter, sending his condolences to the infant’s family.

According to AFP News, the health ministry said that the infant was taken to a children’s hospital in Athens last February with a nasal inflammation and fever. He was then placed in intensive care a day later and passed away on March 7.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 6,797 lives have been lost from COVID-19 in Greece.

Data from JHU also showed that Greece has recorded a total of 206,281 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Last week, the government in Greece extended a lockdown in Athens and other affected regions to March 16 to curb the spread of the virus. The lockdown was initially set to expire on March 8.

Authorities said that the increase of COVID-19 cases was due to the more contagious variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

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