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Update –01/04/2022

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As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 3,030,429. 51 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 27,510. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 355. 21,099 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 7,978 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 2,020 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greek health authorities announced 21,099 new cases of Covid-19 and 51 virus-related deaths on Thursday. The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) also stated that there are currently 355 intubated patients being treated in Intensive Care Units.

The new Covid-19 cases were identified from a total of 267,014 tests, a positivity rate of 7.9%.

Attica, Greece’s most populous region, remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, accounting for over 1/3 of the new cases with 7,978 reported cases. The northern port city of Thessaloniki registered 2,020 cases.

The total number of reported cases of Covid-19 in Greece since the start of the pandemic rose to 3,030,429, with 27,510 virus-related deaths over the same period.

Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis said on Thursday he had tested positive for Covid-19 after completing his regular testing.

The minister said on Twitter that his triple Covid vaccination “keeps me protected, with mild symptoms until now” and urged everyone again to get the jab.

He will continue to work from home.

The obligation of citizens over 60 years of age to be vaccinated is being suspended, according to an amendment submitted on Wednesday by the Health Ministry.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris said the fines are being suspended as the specific measure had been imposed at the time because this category of people were burdening the National Health System.

Plevris said the ministry is mulling ways to motivate people over 60 to get vaccinated. He also reiterated that all repealed measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus will be reviewed at the appropriate time.

Now that we’re in the third chapter of the pandemic, we no longer pay much attention to numbers, ratios and charts, no longer follow how many people have died in the world and how many in our country.

There was a time when we’d make bets about what color jacket former deputy civil protection minister Nikos Hardalias would be wearing at the daily public briefing – military-style khaki or patriotic blue? – and now we don’t even care about the color of the Covid-19 dispersion map, even though it is constantly flirting with deep red. The infectious diseases experts have almost disappeared from our television screens, giving way, instead, to retired navy and air force officers and geostrategy experts, followed closely by analysts on the matters of inflation and the energy crisis.

The war in Ukraine sapped what little energy we had left and our attention is now on the number of people being killed by cannons and missiles. The daily Covid-related death toll, after all, has been reduced to a mundane snippet on the news and a couple of lines in the newspaper. And just like that, we passed the 6-million mark on a global level and here in Greece, fatalities are almost at 27,500 – though this does not seem to have shaken the confidence of the government, which keeps making announcements about how measures will be relaxed.

With a total of nearly 3 million cases, Greece ranks 37th worldwide, doing worse – much worse – than countries with a much larger population. It is doing worse than China, which on March 23 ranked 51st with 1,273,104 cases and some 12,000 deaths in total. On that same day, China announced 11,890 new cases, the United States 8,321, Brazil 10,637, Turkey 11,194 and Greece 27,268. Sure, numbers don’t always paint the real picture, but in this case they do tell us that Greece is doing worse in vital indexes than countries that we felt somewhat superior to until recently.

In Shanghai, a city of 25 million, authorities decided to impose a rotating lockdown on half the city at a time after reporting just 2,269 new cases last Saturday. Here we get self-congratulations and complacency, perhaps as an antidote to the skyrocketing costs, which come like a final blow.

Of course we should not react as strictly as China, but we should at least listen to the World Health Organization, which scolded us for acting as though we’re out of the woods, way too soon. It seems that the bar the government says we’ve surpassed was simply brought down several notches.

In more detail, the 21,099 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 7,978
    • Eastern Attica 1,084
    • Northern Sector of Athens 1,503
    • West Attica 246
    • Western Sector of Athens 911
    • Central Sector of Athens 2,149
    • Southern Sector of Athens 1,003
    • Piraeus 887
    • Islands 195
  • Thessaloniki 2,020
  • Etoloakarnania 380
  • Andros 21
  • Argolida 283
  • Arcadia 181
  • Arta 82
  • Achaia 456
  • Beoteia 201
  • Grevena 29
  • Drama 153
  • Evros 236
  • Evia 414
  • Evritania 13
  • Zakynthos 68
  • Ilia 264
  • Imathia 205
  • Heraklion 757
  • Thassos 18
  • Thesprotia 46
  • Thira 66
  • Ithaca 3
  • Ikaria 61
  • Ioannina 221
  • Kavala 186
  • Kalymnos 74
  • Karditsa 165
  • Karpathos 7
  • Kastoria 61
  • Kea-Kythnos 6
  • Corfu 210
  • Kefalonia 47
  • Kilkis 103
  • Kozani 293
  • Corinth 305
  • Kos 63
  • Laconia 292
  • Larissa 506
  • Lasithi 185
  • Lesvos 164
  • Lefkada 57
  • Lemnos 28
  • Magnesia 316
  • Messinia 338
  • Milos 13
  • Mykonos 13
  • Naxos 46
  • Xanthi 90
  • Paros 58
  • Pella 189
  • Pieria 145
  • Preveza 81
  • Rethymno 157
  • Rodopi 116
  • Rhodes 153
  • Samos 46
  • Serres 298
  • Sporades 56
  • Syros 92
  • Tinos 36
  • Trikala 201
  • Fthiotida 379
  • Florina 120
  • Fokida 79
  • Chalkidiki 132
  • Chania 365
  • Chios 125
  • Under investigation 531

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