Greece health authorities recorded 3,232 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, while 755 patients remain intubated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

The constantly surging numbers have put tremendous pressure on the Greek National Health Service while hospitals in Athens, Thessaloniki and other major cities remain on full capacity.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis during their visit to the vaccination centre in Elliniko highlighted the magnitude and the importance of the effort the Greek Government is making to vaccinate the population.

“This is the largest health project that has ever been organised in the country,” Mr Kikilias told ANA-MPA SA.

“It is a comprehensive, collective effort of solidarity and mutual support that unites the vaccination, its organisation, its digitisation, the new technologies, together with the human factor: the respect shown by the health workers, the doctors, the nurses, the staff, to our fellow citizens who come in order, with organisation, without delay to be vaccinated.”

Adding that another 1.5 million vaccinations are scheduled to be done in April, Mr Kikilias tried to encourage the Greek people to look to the future with optimism.

“It is an effort that is now moving rapidly… We be able to get out of this health crisis and look to the future with optimism. I want to give courage to the Greeks, to tell them to be a little more patient, to observe the health measures and we firmly believe that we will succeed,” he said.

On that note, Mr Pierrakakis explained that “It is the largest health project ever done in Greece. And what we have found is that the organisation, all its parameters, the digital and mainly the physical parameters, how it is carried out, prove that the project is very successful”.