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Update – 08/12/2020

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 116,721. 89 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 3,092. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 600. 1,251 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece, raising the daily number above 1,000. 250 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 243 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Mass vaccination begins today in Great Britain, the first country in the world to approve the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Russia began distributing its own vaccine, Sputnik V., over the weekend.

There is a common mechanism for the supply of vaccines through the European Union for all member states of the European Union, said Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias. “Once the vaccines are approved by Coreper, we will receive them on the same day as the other European countries and within 24 hours, vaccination will start in Greece “

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with advisors and government ministers virtually on Saturday in order to discuss the country’s Covid-19 vaccination plan.

A high-tech device, with a personal protective mask combined with a microbicide and antiviral system (PPE), which sterilizes the inhaled and the exhaled air of users, was created at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is awaiting approval from the relevant services. It will aid the protection of the medical and nursing staff of the country

Reportedly, vaccinations will begin in January, with healthcare workers having priority. Greeks will be able to make appointments to receive the free shot at one of the country’s 1,018 vaccination centers that are currently being created in order to best distribute the vaccine to as many people as possible. Through an SMS message, the citizens will schedule an appointment at a vaccination center, which is the Health Centers of Primary Health Care.

Our simulations show that if the stores open without adhering to the protective measures, 15-20 days later we will see a resurgence of cases. Therefore, any opening will be premature”, underlined Mr. Sarigiannis, professor of Environmental Engineering at AUTh and specialist in mathematical models of epidemiological dispersion.

Travelers who arrive in Greece during the holiday season will have to enter a mandatory ten-day quarantine on arrival, as well as submit to a rapid antigen test at the airport and produce a negative PCR test, government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Monday.

Greece on Monday extended its lockdown measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease through January 7, including a night-time curfew and a ban on traveling outside home prefectures. Schools, restaurants, bars, courts, and ski resorts will remain closed until that date, Mr Petsas said during a press conference. He said the government will announce measures regarding churches, hair salons and retail stores later in the week.

Regarding yesterday’s 1,251 new cases detected:

20 cases during the checks carried out at the country’s entrance gates

– 250 cases in the Attica Region

– 243 cases in Thessaloniki

– 11 cases in Etoloakarnania

– 2 cases in Argolida

– 2 cases in Arta

– 12 cases in Achaia

– 16 cases in Voiotia

– 18 cases in Grevena

– 27 cases in Drama

– 17 cases in Evros

– 1 case in   Evia

– 19 cases in Evritania

– 1 case in Zakynthos

– 4 cases in   Ilia

– 39 cases in Imathia

– 8 cases in Heraklion

– 1 case in Θήρας

– 10 cases in Ioannina

– 36 cases in Kavala

– 3 cases in Kalymnos

– 30 cases in Karditsa

– 5 cases in Kastoria

– 2 cases in Corfu

– 102 cases in Kilkis

– 27 cases in Kozani

– 1 case in Corinth

– 2 cases in Laconia

– 61 cases in   Larissa

– 1 case in Lassithi

– 28 cases in Lesvos

– 2 cases in Lemnos

– 9 cases in Magnesia

– 3 cases in   Messinia

– 4 cases in Μήλου

– 1 case in Naxos

– 36 cases in Xanthi

– 27 cases in Pella

– 36 cases in Pieria

– 3 cases in   Rethymno

– 21 cases in Rodopi

– 4 cases in Rhodes

– 16 cases in Serres

– 22 cases in Trikala

– 42 cases in Fthiotida

– 5 cases in Florina

– 6 cases in   Halkidiki

– 5 cases in Chania

– 3 cases in Chios 7 cases are under investigation.

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