Update – 13/12/2021
December 13, 2021
December 13, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 1,002,877. 90 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 19,248. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 708. 3,225 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 996 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 608 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
With the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 starting on Wednesday, scientists are urging parents to schedule an appointment, stressing that youngsters “catch and transmit Covid-19 like adults.” It is indicative that since May, when many activities restarted, and with the onslaught of the Delta variant of the coronavirus and increased checks at schools, there has been a sixfold rise in cases among children.
“There has been a recent increase in cases in children. At the beginning of October, 25% of cases were in children aged 4-18. Now the percentage has risen to 29%,” Maria Tsolia, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases, told Kathimerini.
National Public Health Organization data show people aged up to 17 who have contracted Covid now exceed 169,000 and constitute 17.2% of cases since the pandemic began. By May, 26,000 cases had been reported in the same age group (7.6% of cases by then).
Giorgos Trangas, a journalist and one-time publisher, who is being treated in hospital for Covid-19 was intubated overnight on Thursday as his health deteriorated, Skai television reported.
Trangas, who has underlying health issues, announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus on November 30 and was hospitalized on December 4.
The next day he was transferred to the intensive care unit of Athens’ Sotiria Hospital.
It is far too early to draw any meaningful conclusions on the omicron variant and we must wait another 10 to 15 days before that can occur, Greek expert Elias Mosialos stated on Thursday.
Mosialos is the Brian-Abel Smith Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE).
In March of 2020, the Greek expert was appointed as a representative of the Greek government to international organizations tasked with dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, Professor Mosialos was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Department of Public Health Policy of the School of Public Health of the University of West Attica (PADA), for his work on the pandemic.
The Greek professor spoke about Greece’s handle of the pandemic and the new omicron variant after the award ceremony.
Mosialos said that it is difficult to say that one country has fared better or worse than others in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
“As other countries (have), Greece has done its best to contain the virus in the country,” Mosialos stated.
He said that in order to continue to do so, it must take into consideration a number of important factors, such as demographics, which he considers crucial.
“We need to take into account a number of variables. If we compare, for example, Greece to Turkey, we have 22 percent of our population over 65 years old, compared to 9 percent in Turkey and 11 percent in Israel,” Mosialos said.
In more detail, the 3,225 new cases detected per Regional Unit: