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Update – 07/06/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 409,368. 24 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,277. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 398. 580 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 298 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 68 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece has administered over 6 million total doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Marios Themistokleous, Greek Secretary General for Primary Health Care, announced on Saturday.

This brings the total number of fully vaccinated Greeks to over 2.2 million, a figure which includes those who have received the two-dose vaccines, like AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna, as well as those who have received the one-dose Johnson and Johnson shot.

Despite the impressive numbers, Themistokleous noted that Greece could progress even faster with its vaccination campaign if the country only had access to more of the shot.

“We could increase the capabilities of the vaccination system at any time, if we had more doses of the vaccine,” Themistokleous noted Saturday.

On small islands, over 80% of population fully vaccinated

In reference to the Greek islands, which he stressed are a major “strategic advantage” for the country, particularly in the realm of tourism, Themistokleous stressed that the country’s campaign to vaccinate island residents has nearly finished with great success.

On many of the country’s 69 islands with populations of less than 10,000 people, over 80% of residents are fully vaccinated.

In terms of opening up appointments for younger Greeks aged 18 to 29, Themistokleous stressed that spots would be available first for those aged 25 to 29, followed by Greeks who are 18 to 24, in the near future.

The drop in the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has relieved pressure on the national health system and allowed public hospitals to resume a semblance of normal activity, including surgeries that had been postponed during the third wave of the pandemic.

In two of Athens’ largest Athens hospitals, the Gennimatas and Sismanogleio, nearly 40% of the about 200 patient rooms dedicated to Covid-19 have been released to serve other patients.

The backlog of surgeries, meanwhile, is daunting: Evangelismos hospital alone has some 300 heart-related surgeries pending. Administrations hope to clear most of the backlog in all hospitals by the end of July.

Greece has extended restrictions on air arrivals until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 14.

Arrivals are allowed from other EU and Schengen Zone member states, anyone who travels for “essential reasons” and from the following 23 countries: Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Kuwait, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

To be admitted into Greece, all arrivals must satisfy one of the following conditions:

1) A certificate from a public authority attesting that they completed their vaccination against the coronavirus at least 14 days before arrival. The certificate must be issued in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian or Spanish.

2) A negative PCR test administered in the 72 hours prior to arrival.

3) Having already been treated for the disease, 2-9 months prior to arrival.

4) Possession of a digital or written Covid-19 Digital Certificate containing information about one of the prior three cases.

All arrivals will be subjected to a rapid test upon arrival and, if found positive, will be quarantined for either 7 (if already vaccinated) or 10 days (if not vaccinated).

Private sector employees will be able to obtain three free self-tests from pharmacies as of Monday and throughout the week until Sunday, June 13.

One will be for the week from June 7-14, the second for June 15-22 and the third June 23-30.

Self-tests must be performed once a week, before the employee arrives at his or her place of work and are valid for one week from the day of their performance.

In cases when employees work remotely or are on legal leave, the mandatory diagnostic test must be taken up to 24 hours before making a physical appearance at the place of work.

In more detail, the 580 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 298
    • Eastern Attica 41
    • Northern Sector of Athens 38
    • West Attica 6
    • Western Sector of Athens 42
    • Central Sector of Athens 107
    • Southern Sector of Athens 30
    • Islands 0
    • Piraeus 37
  • Thessaloniki 68
  • Etoloakarnania 9
  • Arta 1
  • Achaia 6
  • Boeotia 10
  • Grevena 3
  • Drama 5
  • Evros 5
  • Evia 1
  • Zakynthos 1
  • Ilia 3
  • Imathia 6
  • Heraklion 11
  • Thesprotia 2
  • Thira 1
  • Ioannina 6
  • Kavala 1
  • Kalymnos 1
  • Karditsa 4
  • Kastoria 2
  • Corfu 8
  • Kilkis 2
  • Kozani 5
  • Corinth 7
  • Laconia 1
  • Larissa 32
  • Lesvos 2
  • Magnesia 14
  • Messinia 8
  • Mykonos 1
  • Naxos 1
  • Xanthi 3
  • Pella 1
  • Preveza 1
  • Rethymno 8
  • Rhodes 8
  • Serres 2
  • Trikala 3
  • Florina 1
  • Chania 7
  • Under investigation 14

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