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Update – 14/12/2020

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 124,534. 85 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 3,625. The number of patients treated in intensive care units dropped at 552. 693 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece, dropping the daily number below 1,000. 169 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 151 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

The fewest cases of coronavirus since October 20 were announced yesterday, leading to feelings of hope for improvement in the country. The occupancy of intensive care units remains at high levels, but experts hope that by the holidays the number of intubated will have dropped to 300.

Survey Reveals Only 4 Out of 10 Greeks Want to Get Coronavirus Vaccine. The survey, which was conducted by the Athens University of Economics and Business, asked a total of 3,571 individuals, covering a wide spectrum of socioeconomic classes of Greek society.

Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Cleared for Use by FDA: The vaccine produced by the American firm Pfizer and the German company BioNTech cleared the final hurdle on Friday night and will soon be on its way to the public.

British neuroscientists say they have found no link between pandemic coronavirus (and the vaccines against it) and Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological condition that can lead to paralysis and sometimes death.

Germany: Strict lockdown – All stores closed until January 10.

The Greek government announced on Friday a set of measures for the reopening of some businesses in the retail sector for Christmas sales. It also noted that churches may also reopen — but only for Christmas and Epiphany Day.

Hairdressers and barbershops across Greece, will open their doors today Monday the 14th, with the possibility of extended hours from 7 am to 9 pm. Their operation will be done exclusively by appointment.

The implementation of the click away method of sale started today, after the announcements of the government for the road map of the retail trade during the festive period.

Retail stores will be able, under certain conditions, to sell their products to consumers, as long as they have a special point of sale outside. Click away does not allow consumers to physically tour the stores. Instead, they should choose the products they want to buy either through a business e-shop or by ordering by phone from the store.

The new measures include:

  • Retailers will be allowed to operate in the form of online ordering and collections from the store, without customers entering stores, from December 13 – January 7.
  • Hairdressers will reopen for business on Monday, December 14, from 7 AM – 9 PM. It is noted that not only will their operation be exclusively by appointment, but strict adherence to health protocols must also be observed.
  • Bookstores will also open on the same day, with restrictions on the number of customers allowed in at any one time.
  • Churches will only open on Christmas and Epiphany Day with all the necessary protection measures. During these two days, only nine people will be allowed in ordinary churches and up to twenty-five people in cathedrals. The responsibility for the observance of the measures rests with the Church authorities.
  • Travelers who fly into Greece from December 18 – January 7 will have to enter a mandatory 3-day quarantine on arrival (lowered from 10 days), as well as submit to a rapid antigen test at the airport and produce a negative PCR test.
  • The curfew during the hours from 10 PM to 5 AM will be maintained throughout the period from Sunday, December 13, 2020 to January 7, 2021, as well as sending an SMS to 13033 for the necessary travel. It is clarified that for movements related to retail, hairdressers and bookstores, the number 2 should be declared as part of the SMS.

Regarding yesterday’s 693 new cases detected:

• 10 cases during the checks carried out at the entrance gates of the country

• 1 imported case that came voluntarily for testing

• 169 cases in the Attica Region

• 151 cases in Thessaloniki

• 9 cases in Etoloakarnania

• 3 cases in Arcadia

• 1 case in Arta

• 7 cases in Achaia

• 1 case in Voiotia

• 2 cases in Grevena

• 3 cases in Drama

• 24 cases in Evros

• 6 cases in Ilia

• 12 cases in Imathia

• 5 cases in Heraklion

• 1 case in Thasos

• 1 case Thira

• 3 cases in Ioannina

• 16 cases in Kavala

• 21 cases in Karditsa

• 6 cases in Kastoria

• 31 cases in Kilkis

• 25 cases in Kozani

• 3 cases in Corinth

• 2 cases in Laconia

• 28 cases in Larissa

• 6 cases in Lesvos

• 15 cases in Magnesia

• 1 case in Naxos

• 30 cases in Xanthi

• 18 cases in Pella

• 24 cases in Pieria

• 6 cases in Rodopi

• 1 case in Rhodes

• 21 cases in Serres

• 4 cases in Trikala

• 7 cases in Fthiotida

• 2 cases in Florina

• 6 cases in Halkidiki

• 4 cases in Chania

• 4 cases in Chios

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