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Update – 04/02/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 159,866. 27 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,878. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 246. 1,151 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 612 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 83 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

A 15-year-old girl died from Covid-19 at the local hospital of Thebes on Wednesday, becoming the youngest person in Greece to succumb to the disease. The girl was admitted early on Wednesday to the hospital and died shortly afterward. The mayor of Thebes, George Anastasiou, said that the girl was taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of the virus. “We were informed of the tragic event and I appeal to all citizens to take great care and observe all restrictive measures,” the mayor stated to the press. According to reports, the 15-year-old also suffered from underlying diseases.

Her mother, who is also suffering from symptoms of the coronavirus, is being treated at the ICU of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens.

Sotiris Tsiodras, an eminent epidemiologist and member of Greece’s special coronavirus committee, reminded Parliamentarians on Wednesday that the coronavirus is “not over” in Greece. After Tuesday’s dramatic spike in cases, along with increased hospital admissions and transmission in Attica, Tsiodras expressed his concern to Greece’s lawmakers.

In Attica, transmission of the coronavirus has increased by 78%, and experts estimate that there are over 4,000 active cases of the virus in the region alone. Additionally, Tsiodras is concerned about the presence of both the UK and South African variants in Greece.

The epidemiologist stated Wednesday that, if left to spread, the viral mutations could cause “problems even until early March” in the country. Considering these significant epidemiological factors, including samples taken from wastewater across the country, Tsiodras estimates that Greece could soon see 7,000 to 8,000 new cases recorded each week. While there hasn’t yet been increased pressure on the nation’s ICUs from the most recent surge, Tsiodras noted that hospitals tend to see a wave of new admissions a few days to one week after cases spike.

Greece’s National Vaccination Commission has officially endorsed the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in those aged 18 to 59. The decision parts with the recommendation from the European Union’s pharmaceutical regulator, the European Medicines Association, which approved the vaccine for all ages.

The AstraZeneca vaccine, like its previously-approved counterparts, is considered highly safe and effective for adults over the age of 18. However, just a small portion, 12%, of AstraZeneca’s research participants were over the age of 55, leading to doubts about the safety of the vaccine for older people.

With the move, Greece joins Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Belgium, who have all hesitated to approve the vaccine for those over 65.

In more detail, the 1,151 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 612:
    • Eastern Attica 63
    • Northern Sector of Athens 88
    • West Attica 33
    • Western Sector of Athens 77
    • Central Sector of Athens 209
    • Southern Sector of Athens 65
    • Islands 6
    • Piraeus 71
  • Thessaloniki 83
  • Etoloakarnania 5
  • Argolis 2
  • Arcadia 1
  • Achaia 82
  • Boeotia 8
  • Drama 2
  • Evros 5
  • Evia 71
  • Zakynthos 2
  • Ilia 4
  • Imathia 2
  • Heraklion 8
  • Thesprotia 2
  • Thira 6
  • Ioannina 8
  • Kavala 4
  • Karditsa 13
  • Karpathos 1
  • Kastoria 1
  • Kozani 13
  • Corinthians 4
  • Laconia 5
  • Larissa 22
  • Lasithi 14
  • Lesvos 4
  • Magnesia 28
  • Messinia 1
  • Mykonos 3
  • Pella 4
  • Pieria 20
  • Rethymnon 20
  • Rodopi 3
  • Serres 8
  • Sporades 1
  • Trikala 7
  • Fthiotida 2
  • Florina 2
  • Halkidiki 20
  • Under investigation 38

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