Update – 04/01/2021
January 4, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 140,099. 36 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 4,957. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 421. 390 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 124 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 78 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
The new version of Covid-19 virus was detected in Greece. New evidence suggests the mutation of the virus is more easily contagious and can infect children, unlike the former virus. However, the new type is not more dangerous than the initial.
Stelios Petsas announced a week-long lockdown of all stores in Greece, as the government’s top priority is the reopening of all schools, possibly on Monday the 11th. Click away is also dismissed for this short period. Adonis Georgiadis Minister of Development and Investments, announced the possible opening of stores in targeted regions. On Monday 11th January, click away, hair salons, Kteo services and fishing/ hunting are expected to be permitted- open again.
Greece’s government is planning to fund all people and businesses currently non-working/ operating. Through emergency allowances and tax eases it will support them, in order to boost the economy. Stores and businesses that remained closed, like restaurants, gyms, tourism, transport etc. will not pay this month’s rent, completely.
Addressing the current situation, online exchanges have risen above expectations. This is impacting both the economy and the black market, with the last to be shrinking, as Dr Harris Papapanagos of University of Macedonia, analyses in his recent study.
Black economy was prominent is Greece as citizens developed close relationships with sellers, resulting in a lot of undocumented and untaxed transactions. Through online purchases the negative consequences are extremely limited, and as a result an economic boost of Greece, unlike any previously seen, is expected.
“This pandemic is only the “beginning”. How the future unfolds is based on the measures taken by countries and citizens alike, to fight climate change, as Mr Thodoris Giannaros analyses in his recent article for capital.gr. Companies should be among the first to adopt new methods of production, while respecting the environment and people’s health. Governments should be prepared for any future health crisis, responding quickly and efficiently.
In more detail, the 390 new cases detected per Regional Unit:
– 19 from Eastern Attica
– 23 from the Northern Sector of Athens
– 7 from West Attica
– 14 from the Western Sector of Athens
– 37 from the Central Sector of Athens
– 14 from the Southern Sector of Athens
– 10 from Piraeus
Eastern Attica 19
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