Update – 07/01/2021
January 7, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 142,267. 48 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,099. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 399. 816 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 324 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 99 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Vaccination of the general population against the coronavirus — starting with those aged 85 or over — will begin on January 20, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday. At a meeting he chaired at the headquarters of the Civil Protection Secretariat, he said that the online platform for the electronic booking of inoculation appointments will open to public access on January 11. Mitsotakis added that it is “imperative for all citizens to register for paperless electronic prescriptions, as this will allow them to receive electronic notifications for their appointments.”
Some 5,000 citizens are currently being vaccinated every day, he noted, and “if this is kept up, it will help ensure that the scheduling of vaccinations is met successfully.” Until Tuesday evening some 16,365 Greek citizens had been vaccinated, while the current reserve of coronavirus vaccinations numbers 150,850 doses.
On Monday, Greek authorities announced that vaccinations will reach a minimum of 220,000 citizens by the end of January.
The Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday.
Awaiting what is believed to be a quick authorization by the the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the US-developed inoculation will soon be distributed throughout the European Union.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, hailed the Moderna vaccine in a tweet Wednesday, calling the shot “safe and effective.”
According to health officials, medication based therapy of covid-19 using emergency approved medicine such as bamlanivimab, REGN-COV-2 (a combination of casirivimab and indevimab) should not be administered to children, as covid-19 symptoms in youngsters are mild and there is no evidence for the efficiency of this type of therapy.
Doctor of Pediatrics Mr. Mazanis has warned for the reopening of schools. He stressed that such act will undermine society’s process of acquiring immunity, as schools are considered a “hub” of viruses.
Australia’s prime minister Mr Morison said he is planning to delay any approval of a vaccine as he is not willing to take up “unnecessary risks”. Health officials are probably going to approve a vaccine in the final weeks of March. He also said that Britain has rushed to begin vaccinations and is now facing a rising number of covid-19 cases.
Today the EMA will decide the approval of Moderna’s vaccine. If it gets approved, EU countries will receive it as the second vaccine.
3 major projects are being planned by the government for the recovery of Greece’s economy. At first, priority is given to support companies and employees suffering the consequences of the pandemic. Secondly, finalizing the 32 billion euros recovery plan, administered by the EU, and how this fund will be used in Greece. Third, the shrinkage of red loans and the financial sector’s reformation.
After providing support for citizens and businesses, the government is planning to reduce the deficit, which will in turn boost investors’ confidence in Greece.
In more detail, the 816 new cases detected per Regional Unit:
- 50 cases in the Prefecture of Eastern Attica
- 39 cases in the North Sector of Athens
- 35 cases in the Western Sector of Athens
- 78 cases in the Prefecture of West Attica
- 87 cases in the Central Sector of Athens
- 28 cases in the Southern Sector of Athens
- 6 cases in Etoloakarnania
- 4 cases in the Prefecture of Arcadia
- 3 cases in the Prefecture of Drama
- 1 case in the Prefecture of Ilia
- 4 cases in the prefecture of Kavala
- 2 cases in the Kastoria Prefecture
- 23 cases in Kozani Prefecture
- 23 cases in the prefecture of Lassithi
- 2 cases in the prefecture of Mykonos
- 1 case in Naxos Prefecture
- 46 cases in the Prefecture of Piraeus
- 4 cases in the Preveza Prefecture
- 2 cases in the Prefecture of Rhodes
- 6 cases under investigation