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Update – 07/10/2021

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As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 668,811. 21 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 15,012. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 347. 2,331 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 436 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 409 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

The Greek government has decided to abolish most restrictive measures for vaccinated individuals, even in areas labeled “red,” the highest alert on a scale measuring the incidence of coronavirus cases.

From this Saturday onward, there will be neither curfews nor a ban on music at indoor catering and entertainment venues in red-coded areas, the government decided Wednesday. Additionally, across the country, there will be no limit on the number of patrons allowed into entertainment venues that have a vaccinated-only policy. This means that in these venues there will be no minimum distance between tables and no ban on standing customers.

In venues that do not enforce the vaccinated-only policy, distancing and a ban on standing customer will continue.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris, Alternate Minister Mina Gaga and newly appointed head of the National Public Health Organization Professor Theoklis Zaoutis, who announced the new policy on Wednesday afternoon, said that the policy will be revisited in 15 days and that the government will also assess limitations imposed in other public spaces and activities. The guiding principle will be that the vaccinated should be free to go about as they please and that the unvaccinated need protection, the officials said.

But some members of the Committee of Experts advising the government on the pandemic expressed their skepticism at a meeting that preceded the announcements.

The skeptics noted that the pandemic is far from vanquished, a fact borne out by the designation as “red” of a wide swath of the country. They also said that the message of limitless entertainment, if only for the vaccinated, is wrong and pointed to the difficulty in ensuring that only people who have had their shots enter indoor spaces.

The dissenting experts pointed out that decoupling the labeling of an area as one of high coronavirus incidence from any measures to be taken will lead to the pandemic lasting longer than it would otherwise.

A 20-year-old unvaccinated man died of Covid-19 in Thessaloniki recently, Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga said on Wednesday, noting the risk the virus poses to people who do not get the jab.

“We do not want to have such deaths, it is very easy to prevent them with vaccination,” she said at a press event.

Presenting the latest data from the country’s 4th Health District (Macedonia and Thrace), which has reached the highest coronavirus transmission alert level (red or Level 4) on the epidemiological map of Greece, Gaga said that only two of the 225 patients that are currently being treated with Covid-19 and  the 55 in ICU are inoculated.

Gaga said the vaccine does not mean people will not get sick, but the probability of getting seriously ill is certainly 20 times lower. “There are fewer deaths, less suffering.”

In more detail, the 2,331 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 436
    • Eastern Attica 64
    • Northern Sector of Athens  43
    • West Attica 35
    • Western Sector of Athens 71
    • Central Sector of Athens 102
    • Southern Sector of Athens 52
    • Piraeus 63
    • Islands 6
  • Thessaloniki 409
  • Etoloakarnania 17
  • Andros 2
  • Argolida 26
  • Arcadia 8
  • Arta 3
  • Achaia 46
  • Boeotia 21
  • Grevena 4
  • Drama 63
  • Evros 43
  • Evia 39
  • Zakynthos 3
  • Ilia 11
  • Imathia 52
  • Heraklion 36
  • Thassos 1
  • Thesprotia 2
  • Thira 7
  • Ikaria 1
  • Ioannina 36
  • Kavala 45
  • Kalymnos 3
  • Karditsa 36
  • Kastoria 28
  • Corfu 23
  • Kefalonia 2
  • Kilkis 41
  • Kozani 32
  • Corinth 17
  • Kos 2
  • Laconia 1
  • Larissa 159
  • Lasithi 7
  • Lesvos 1
  • Lefkada 4
  • Magnesia 65
  • Messinia 38
  • Mykonos 2
  • Naxos 1
  • Xanthi 52
  • Paros 4
  • Pella 55
  • Pieria 84
  • Preveza 1
  • Rethymnon 20
  • Rodopi 24
  • Rhodes 12
  • Samos 3
  • Serres 45
  • Sporades 1
  • Syros 2
  • Trikala 48
  • Fthiotida 32
  • Florina 4
  • Fokida 1
  • Chalkidiki 21
  • Chania 12
  • Chios 1
  • Under investigation 117

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