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Update – 02/12/2020

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 107,470. 111 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 2,517. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 596. 2.199 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece, increasing the daily number above 2,000. 413 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 538 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

There are many concerns regarding vaccination against Covid-19. Firstly, the effectiveness of vaccines in vulnerable groups is not yet determined. Secondly, there seems to be reluctance of the population to be vaccinated, while it’s important for all governments to plan how the vaccination will be executed of the entire population.

The FDA will hold a public meeting of external consultants in early December to discuss the data before approving the release of a vaccine.

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine (95% effective), could be rolled out in Europe this month. If European Medicines Agency (EMA) concludes that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risks, it will recommend granting a CMA (conditional marketing authorization) that could potentially enable use of the vaccine BNT162b2 in Europe before the end of 2020. Great Britain is the first country to approve the vaccine.

Greece’s Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that the government’s vaccination program is anticipated to be completed by late June next year. Petsas also said that a nationwide lockdown, to stem the spread of the virus, would need to be extended beyond December 7. Dr. Dermitzakis, professor of genetics at the University of Geneva, said that given Greece’s daily infection rate at the moment, reopening retail stores ahead of the Christmas season should be ruled out.

Profits from online sales are expected to triple this year, totaling 15 billion euros in 2020, the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship said in a survey released on Monday. The survey was conducted on Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, when commerce sees a tremendous boost as people shop for Christmas. Confederation officials state that the survey proved that “Undoubtedly, large retail players have been mostly favored by the impressive increase in e-commerce. “On the other hand,” they stated, “smaller enterprises record a significant gap in comparison with larger enterprises; however, they manage to find ways to respond to this challenge.”

70 percent of enterprises in the country were more willing to invest in digital transformation because of the lockdown, and 59% reported an increase in sales in comparison with the previous year.

In regard to yesterday’s 2.199 new Covid-19 cases:

• 413 cases in Attica Region

• 538 cases in Thessaloniki

• 28 cases in Aitoloakarnania

• 8 cases in Argolida

• 10 cases in Arcadia

• 4 cases in Arta

• 14 cases in  Achaia

• 11 cases in Voiotia

• 17 cases in Grevena

• 81 cases in Drama

• 33 cases in Evros

• 9 cases in Evia

• 2 cases in Evritania

• 3 cases in  Ilia

• 66 cases in Imathia

• 21 cases in Heraklion

• 2 cases in Thesprotia

• 24 cases in Ioannina

• 55 cases in Kavala

• 2 cases in Kalymnos

• 26 cases in Karditsa

• 10 cases in Kastoria

• 13 cases in Corfu

• 1 case in Kefallinia

• 35 cases in Kilkis

• 43 cases in  Kozani

• 2 cases in Corinth

• 4 cases in Laconia

• 112 cases in Larissa

• 10 cases in Lesvos

• 1 case in Lemnos

• 70 cases in Magnesia

• 6 cases in Messinia

• 1 case in Mykonos

• 72 cases in Xanthi

• 85 cases in Pella

• 44 cases in Pieria

• 1 case in Preveza

• 8 cases in Rethymno

• 41 cases in Rodopi

• 10 cases in Rhodes

• 56 cases in Serres

• 33 cases in Trikala

• 28 cases in Fthiotida

• 28 cases in Florina

• 40 cases in Halkidiki

• 21 cases in Chania

• 3 cases in Chios

27 cases are under investigation

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