The Greek government has decided to draft doctors from the private sector to help public hospitals cope with the burden of escalating virus cases.

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The whole country, and especially the Athens region, will stand on a razor’s edge for the next three or four weeks, as the viral load remains very high and the health system is overburdened, with no way to predict when the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic will start ebbing.

Woman wearing protective face mask walk in Monastiraki, district of Athens, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic ramped the number of daily cases up to 3,215 on Tuesday, in what was a record figure for this year, approaching those seen at the peak of the previous wave.