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Update – 03/02/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 158,716. 22 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,851. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 244. 1,261 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 652 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 126 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Before Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced Tuesday’s enormous spike in cases, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, President of the organization, warned that the huge increase in transmissions was coming.

While speaking to television station ERT, at the site of rapid testing in the Athenian neighborhood of Sepolia, Arkoumaneas stated that it was “very possible” that Greece would record case numbers in the quadruple digits on Tuesday. He owes the increase in cases to the presence of both the UK and South African variants of the virus in Greece.

Since the UK variant was first found in the country in early January, a total of 204 positive samples of the mutation have been identified in Greece.

So far, only one case of the South African variant has been diagnosed in Greece.

Arkoumaneas also warned that Greeks must remain “vigilant in following anti-virus measures,” considering the surge in cases and mutations in the country. Officials warned of a coming third wave in Greece as cases began to surge in Attica, the UK variant spread in the country, and the South African mutation of the virus was identified in Thessaloniki, the nation’s second-largest city.

Greece announced stricter lockdown measures on January 29 for areas of the country where transmission of the virus remained high, including Attica.

The new measures primarily impact the retail sector, as shopping in stores that sell clothes, shoes, and jewelry will now require an appointment in the “red” zones, and all other retail stores will operate on a curbside pick up basis, called “click away.”

In Athens, the 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM curfew remains in effect. In the other red zones, however, the curfew has been changed to 6:00 PM until 5:00 AM.

As cases rise, officials are debating imposing a stricter lockdown in red zones, particularly Attica.

Greek Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias, speaking to television network ANT1 Tuesday, stated that every day, officials “consider the data, and a comprehensive lockdown will be on the table when the epidemiological data causes great concern.”

Notably, Chardalias made the announcement before Tuesday’s new cases were officially released.

In more detail, the 1,261 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 652:
    • Eastern Attica 68
    • Northern Sector of Athens 79
    • West Attica 36
    • Western Sector of Athens 105
    • Central Sector of Athens 180
    • Southern Sector of Athens 84
    • Islands 3
    • Piraeus 97
  • Thessaloniki 126
  • Etoloakarnania 6
  • Arcadia 2
  • Achaia 64
  • Boeotia 13
  • Drama 3
  • Evros 7
  • Evia 43
  • Ilia 8
  • Imathia 3
  • Heraklion 12
  • Thira 5
  • Ioannina 3
  • Kavala 2
  • Karditsa 16
  • Karpathos 1
  • Corfu 1
  • Cephalonia 2
  • Kilkis 7
  • Kozani 19
  • Corinthians 19
  • Laconia 14
  • Larissa 139
  • Lasithi 23
  • Lesvos 5
  • Magnesia 9
  • Messinia 3
  • Mykonos 4
  • Xanthi 3
  • Pella 6
  • Pieria 6
  • Rethymnon 3
  • Rodopi 1
  • Rhodes 1
  • Samos 1
  • Serres 6
  • Syros 1
  • Trikala 6
  • Fthiotida 7
  • Halkidiki 38
  • Chania 4
  • Under investigation 35

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