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Update – 02/06/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 404,163. 27 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,122. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 482. 1,886 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 959 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 169 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece is prepared to begin vaccinating children aged 12-15 against the coronavirus, Marios Themistokleous, Greek Secretary General for Primary Health Care, assured the public during a press conference on Tuesday.

The European Union’s medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), approved the use of the Pfizer jab for the age group on Friday after extensive testing proved it was safe and effective among children aged 12-15.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US approved the use of the shot in children belonging to that age group in early May.

Themistokleos noted on Tuesday that while the country has all the mechanisms in place to begin vaccinating children aged 12-15, Greece’s National Vaccination Committee has yet to provide specific instructions or guidelines regarding the vaccine’s distribution.

Additionally, Themistokleos stressed that vaccinations for the age group would “progress just like with the other age groups, according to availability.”

More than five million coronavirus vaccines have now been given to people living in Greece.

A recent survey by the DiaNEOsis think-tank has found that 68.4% of Greeks believe that “the worst is behind us” in terms of the pandemic and that normalcy will return at some point next year.

This is a significant improvement from a September survey, where three in four respondents felt that the health crisis was nowhere near over. More than half the respondents (57.2%) in the latest DiaNEOsis study also believe the country is moving in the right direction to tackle the health crisis.

Vaccinations appear to be the main drivers of this optimistic outlook, as 97.8% of respondents said they are satisfied by the “vaccination process.” Moreover, 38.9% said they have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 66.2% of them admitted to being in a better frame of mind following their jab.

The number of people saying that they will not be getting vaccinated has also decreased. In December, 14.3% of respondents stated that they would definitely not be receiving a vaccine, while in Monday’s results this was down to 6.2%; 4.8% said they would “probably not” be vaccinated, down from 13.1% in December.

The survey participants in their vast majority (87%), including those already vaccinated, reported that they would be positive towards receiving a vaccination jab, across all ages, education brackets, income groups, professions, and all regions of Greece.

The World Health Organization (WHO), decided on Monday to use letters from the Greek alphabet for Covid variant names in a bid to simplify discussion and pronunciation — while avoiding any possible stigma that can be carried with a name designating the strain’s origin.

There will be no longer “Indian” nor “South African” Covid variant; these will be represented by a letter from the Greek alphabet.

The WHO revealed the new names amid criticism that those given by scientists — such as the so-called South African variant, which goes by multiple names including B.1.351, 501Y.V2 and 20H/501Y.V2 — were too complicated.

As such, the four coronavirus variants considered “of concern” by the UN agency and known generally by the public as the UK, South African, Brazilian and Indian variants have now been given the Greek letters alpha, beta, gamma, and delta according to the order of their detection.

Other variants of interest continue down the alphabet.

In more detail, the 1,886 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 959
    • Eastern Attica 100
    • Northern Sector of Athens 99
    • West Attica 47
    • Western Sector of Athens 152
    • Central Sector of Athens 294
    • Southern Sector of Athens 88
    • Islands 6
    • Piraeus 173
  • Thessaloniki 169
  • Etoloakarnania 24
  • Andros 1
  • Argolida 6
  • Arcadia 3
  • Achaia 41
  • Boeotia 22
  • Grevena 5
  • Drama 5
  • Evros 3
  • Evia 25
  • Evrytania 1
  • Zakynthos 9
  • Ilia 23
  • Imathia 9
  • Heraklion 26
  • Thesprotia 2
  • Ioannina 23
  • Kavala 16
  • Karditsa 9
  • Kastoria 1
  • Corfu 25
  • Cephalonia 1
  • Kilkis 12
  • Kozani 34
  • Corinth 20
  • Kos 1
  • Laconia 4
  • Larissa 52
  • Lassithi 4
  • Lesvos 16
  • Magnesia 32
  • Messinia 9
  • Naxos 4
  • Xanthi 8
  • Pella 21
  • Pieria 36
  • Preveza 1
  • Rethymno 10
  • Rodopi 3
  • Rhodes 13
  • Serres 10
  • Sporades 1
  • Syros 5
  • Trikala 7
  • Fthiotida 10
  • Florina 17
  • Fokida 3
  • Chalkidiki 4
  • Chania 29
  • Chios 1
  • Under investigation 104

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