Update – 01/06/2021
June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 402,306. 41 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,095. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 481. 1,007 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 513 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 107 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
It will not be mandatory to inoculate children aged 12-15 against Covid-19 and will require parental consent, the head of Greece’s National Vaccinations Committee, Maria Theodoridou, said at Monday’s regular live briefing on the unfolding vaccinations program.
At any rate, the decision on whether to actually go through with the vaccination of children is still being considered, she added, noting that the final decision could concern high-risk children as opposed to all of them.
Citing medical studies, she pointed out that children’s’ vaccinations in the United States and in Canada are 100 pct effective, as none of the 1,005 children inoculated there so far have shown signs on infection.
Inoculating children prevents the coronavirus’ spread to adults and is the main drive for eventually deciding in favor of it, she noted.
She also expressed her condolences to the family of a 44-year-old woman from Crete who died on Monday from thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), following her vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Meanwhile, Greece has so far surpassed 5,570,000 vaccinations, said Health Secretary General Marios Themistocleous at the briefing.
Providing updates on inoculations with specific vaccines, he said Greece has thus far received and administered the following numbers of doses:
– 4,268,550 Pfizer doses, administered 3,923.064
– 1,351,000 AstraZeneca doses, administered 949,614
– 613,700 Moderna vaccine doses, administered 545,015
– 132,000 Johnson & Johnson doses, administered 104,362
Another 2,070,900 doses are expected from Pfizer and another 308,000 from Moderna, he added.
The radical overhaul of the National Health System (ESY), which, as stated by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will be implemented immediately after the end of the pandemic, will be based on three central pillars, Kathimerini understands.
The drafting of the plan that is considered an emblematic reform for the government has been undertaken by Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis and will be implemented as soon as Greece’s coveted exit from the pandemic is achieved.
The first pillar of the plan entails a change of the emergency management model with the creation of independent emergency departments in all major hospitals around the country, which will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It is also envisaged that these departments will be connected to the EKAV ambulance service, with the dual goal of an integrated network of pre-hospital emergency care in combination with the partial decongestion of the hospitals on duty.
Secondly, hospitals will be divided into two groups, based on the so-called hub-and-spoke model, which wherever it has been applied has shown to be more efficient and economical.
The hub hospital will provide more specialized medical services with the spoke hospitals providing a supporting role and serving local communities.
For instance, a spoke hospital will have a surgical department, but very specialized heart surgeries will be performed at the hub hospital, which will have more specialized staff.
The follow-up and everything needed after such an operation will be done at the spoke hospital in collaboration with the hub hospital.
A third pillar of the plan is post-hospital services with the development of rehabilitation services, home care and palliative care.
In more detail, the 1,007 new cases detected per Regional Unit: