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Update – 14/06/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 414,933. 17 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,422. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 358. 297 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 140 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 22 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece detected its first case of the Brazilian coronavirus variant on Friday. The viral mutation, officially called the “Gamma” variant, was first found in Japan in January, 2021 amongst travelers who had all been to Brazil.

The mutation is most widespread throughout the Americas, particularly in Brazil, the United States and Canada.

The Brazilian coronavirus variant has caused great concern amongst epidemiologists, as the mutation has been found to be much more contagious and more deadly than other variants of the virus.

Worryingly, some scientists believe that the mutation may be able to get past antibodies from the virus, possibly causing people who had already recovered from the virus recently to become reinfected.

Greece’s first case of the Brazilian coronavirus variant was found in Athens.

Privileges for vaccinated Greeks against Coronavirus

The Greek government is considering a series of privileges for Greeks who are fully inoculated against COVID-19, a SKAI television report said on Saturday. Even though vaccination is not obligatory, there are considerations for those who have been vaccinated.

The “privileges” for inoculated Greeks on the table include unrestricted admission to concerts, theatres, stadiums, leading gradually to pre-COVID-19 normality.

Specifically, those vaccinated will be able to attend mass entertainment events such as theatrical performances, concerts, movie screenings, stadiums and nightclubs.

Discussions for the formalization of the above is in full swing. However, the date of application will depend on when vaccination will be available and accessible to all ages, ie in mid-July. According to the same report, the lifting of restrictions for vaccinated people will mean that wearing a mask will not be obligatory.

Vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Greece is prepared to extend the vaccination program and begin vaccinating children aged 12-15 against COVID-19, Greek Secretary General for Primary Health Care, Marios Themistokleous assured the public during a press conference earlier in the month.

The European Union’s medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), approved the use of the Pfizer jab for the particular age group after extensive testing proved it was safe and effective among children aged 12-15.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. approved the use of the shot in children belonging to that age group in early May.

Themistokleous noted that while the country has all the mechanisms in place to begin vaccinating children aged 12-15, Greece’s National Vaccination Committee has yet to provide specific instructions or guidelines regarding distribution.

In more detail, the 297 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 140
    • Eastern Attica 22
    • Northern Sector of Athens 12
    • West Attica 3
    • Western Sector of Athens 22
    • Central Sector of Athens 46
    • Southern Sector of Athens 21
    • Islands 2
    • Piraeus 12
  • Thessaloniki 22
  • Etoloakarnania 1
  • Arcadia 2
  • Achaia 7
  • Boeotia 2
  • Grevena 2
  • Drama 2
  • Evia 1
  • Ilia 9
  • Imathia 1
  • Heraklion 11
  • Thira 1
  • Ioannina 5
  • Kavala 4
  • Kastoria 2
  • Corfu 2
  • Kilkis 2
  • Kozani 6
  • Corinth 1
  • Kos 2
  • Laconia 2
  • Larissa 13
  • Lasithi 1
  • Lesvos 2
  • Magnesia 2
  • Messinia 2
  • Mykonos 1
  • Naxos 1
  • Xanthi 2
  • Paros 2
  • Pella 1
  • Pieria 3
  • Preveza 3
  • Rethymnon 3
  • Rhodes 11
  • Serres 1
  • Sporades 1
  • Trikala 1
  • Chania 7
  • Chios 1
  • Under investigation 5

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