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Update – 01/02/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 156,957. 17 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,796. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 255. 484 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 222 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 58 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Russia announced recently that international flights between Moscow and Athens are set to resume from February 8. This comes as a result of the recent reduction of the number of new positive coronavirus cases reported in Greece and the amelioration of the epidemiological situation in the country.

According to Russia’s TASS news agency, which quoted the country’s anti-coronavirus crisis center, the resumption of international flights to and from Greece is based on a reciprocal basis. This means that Greek authorities will also have to approve the resumption of international flights to and from Russia in the coming days. “Following discussion and given the epidemiological situation in certain countries, the crisis center has decided to resume international flights on a reciprocal basis with Greece,” the Russian state-run news agency noted in its report.

The flights are expected to be conducted twice a week and will connect Moscow and Athens with a non-stop route.

The new South African COVID-19 variant has been found in Thessaloniki, Greece, it was made public on Sunday. Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city and capital of the region of Macedonia. It is home to approximately one million people. The broader area of Thessaloniki was Greece’s epicenter during the second wave of the Coronavirus. In November and December 2020, the city’s hospitals were almost overwhelmed. The number of patients who needed treatment due to the spike in positive cases of COVID-19 was immense.

Nikos Hardalias and Panagiotis Arkoumaneas rushed to Thessaloniki on Sunday. Hardalias is Greece’s Deputy Civil Protection Minister; Arkoumaneas is the President of the National Public Health Organisation of Greece. Their sudden visit to Greece’s large port-city came after the detection of the so-called South African strain of the novel coronavirus in the area. The two officials visited the Metropolitan Church of Neapolis in Thessaloniki.

According to Greece’s iefimerida website, the new variant has been found in positive cases reported on priests. The clergymen live and work in the broader area of Neapolis in Thessaloniki.

The two top officials’ visit to Thessaloniki was considered imperative. It came following a teleconference held earlier on Sunday with the participation of professor of infectious diseases Sotiris Tsiodras. Other epidemiologists also participated in the teleconference. They all tried to evaluate the situation in the region.

Up until now, Greece had only reported the variant originally found in the United Kingdom.

Greece has recorded a total of 66 positive cases of this variant. The UK variant is more infectious and possibly more lethal.

New restrictive measures came into effect as of today at 06:00 AM local time in many more regions in Greece. This came as a result of the coronavirus surge in the regions of Lasithi on Crete, and Chalkidiki in Central Macedonia.

Additionally, the island of Zakynthos (Zante) will also move to the ”red zone.”

The new measures being enforced in these areas are the following:

Curfew from 18:00 until 05:00.

Lyceums will remain closed and continue their remote learning.

Limit of up to 9 people in every church or other temple.

Shops to operate under the ”click away” system, meaning that people will only be able to go and pick up a pre-ordered product.

All shops to remain closed on Sundays.

In Attiki, as covid-19 cases rise, a stricter lockdown is currently under discussion. However, Athens is a metropolitan area and cannot get a curfew sooner than 9 o clock, in the evenings. More and more areas are identified as “high risk” or “red”.

High schools in Greece are in operation again, as of today. Schools in red areas are an exception.

In more detail, the 484 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 222:
    • Eastern Attica 23
    • Northern Sector of Athens 46
    • West Attica 6
    • Western Sector of Athens 24
    • Central Sector of Athens 66
    • Southern Sector of Athens 23
    • Islands 1
    • Piraeus 33
  • Thessaloniki 58
  • Etoloakarnania 9
  • Arcadia 3
  • Achaia 23
  • Boeotia 4
  • Evros 5
  • Evia 19
  • Zakynthos 1
  • Ilia 4
  • Heraklion 11
  • Thira 2
  • Ioannina 2
  • Kalymnos 1
  • Karditsa 3
  • Kozani 9
  • Corinthians 6
  • Laconia 8
  • Larissa 3
  • Lesvos 1
  • Magnesia 2
  • Mykonos 12
  • Xanthi 2
  • Pieria 20
  • Rethymnon 2
  • Rodopi 1
  • Serres 3
  • Trikala 2
  • Fthiotida 1
  • Florina 1
  • Halkidiki 11
  • Chania 2
  • Chios 1
  • Under investigation 15

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