Update – 14/12/2021
December 14, 2021
December 14, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 1,006,706. 96 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 19,345. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 709. 3,841 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,009 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 559 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Journalist Giorgos Trangas died in an Athens hospital in the early hours of Tuesday after being admitted 10 days ago with serious symptoms of Covid-19. He was 72 years old.
According to an announcement from the Sotiria Hospital, Trangas died in intensive care shortly after 3 a.m.
He is said to have had underlying health problems and was not vaccinated against Covid-19. He announced testing positive for the coronavirus on social media on November 30 and was admitted to Sotiria on December 4 after his condition deteriorated.
Regarded as one of Greece’s more influential right-wing populist voices, with numerous shows on television and radio, the one-time publisher and founder of the defunct fringe Free People party had been a vocal proponent of the anti-vaccination movement.
Covid vaccination deniers have burned books by children’s author Evgenios Trivizas in the city of Chalkida, north of Athens, Monday.
Copies of a Trivizas illustrated book explaining the pandemic to young children are to be distributed in daycare centers. It was this book that was targeted by the deniers, who called it “propaganda…trying to pervert young minds.”
With two days to go before the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, the authorities have announced that bookings have already been made for 29,000 children.
“The vaccination of children will reduce the spread of the virus in the community, by indirectly protecting vulnerable groups close to children,” said Maria Theodoridou, chairperson of the National Vaccination Committee, on Monday.
The vaccine rollout for 5-11 year olds is expected to start on December 15.
Speaking at the daily Covid-19 briefing, Theodoridou said possible side effects of vaccination in children include a temperature and minor reactions around the injection site.
“Vaccination protects a child’s health … but there are small risks, such as the risk of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), where one in every 3,000 cases may be serious.”
Citing from a study from the Lancet, she said that children aged 5-17 years old with asthma were three to six times more likely to be hospitalized for coronavirus.
She underlined that children receive one-third of the antigen given to adults and that the two doses are administered to them at an interval of 21 days. If a child shows signs of illness, the second dose may be given after a gap of three months, on the recommendation of a pediatrician.
Regarding the third shot for adults, she said that studies show that the booster shot increase the level of antibodies by 25 times, while mortality, as well as the risk of serious disease, is reduced by 90%.
Speaking at the same briefing, the secretary-general of Primary Health Care at the Health Ministry, Marios Themistokleous, said that the vaccination rate for those over 60 has now reached 86.45.
But he warned that there were 163,000 people over the age of 60 who received their second dose more than seven months ago and have not taken the booster shot third dose.
They are now deemed unvaccinated, he said. Of them, 90,000 have made an appointment for a booster shot.
In more detail, the 3,841 new cases detected per Regional Unit: