Update – 15/02/2022
February 15, 2022
February 15, 2022
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 2,194,453. 78 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 24,836. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 494. 20,361 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 5,455 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 2,202 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
A 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were handed a suspended 14-month jail term and fined 3,000 euros each by a court in Rhodes for not sending their 8-year-old child to primary school due to the pandemic.
The two were convicted of violating the law on compulsory attendance at kindergarten, primary school and high school.
They testified that due the mandatory use of a mask, rapid tests and the vaccine against Covid-19, they did not send the child to school. The couple also share a second child, aged 5, which is also not attending classes.
After their arrest, they promised to allow both children to return to class and stated they have already made the necessary arrangements with the school.
The president of the National Vaccination Committee said Monday that anyone who gets ill with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is more likely to become re-infected than if they came down with one of the other variants.
Omicron, she said, has higher transmissibility and “increased potential of the virus for re-infections.”
“Natural defense from Alpha, Beta and Delta variants offers 90% protection against Omicron,” she said, adding that the likelihood of re-infection is higher with those that got ill with the Omicron variant as the body’s natural defense offers 60% protection.
New cases of the coronavirus jumped to 20,361 on Monday from 10,853 on Sunday, while deaths rose to 78 from 72 the day before. The number of patients on ventilators stood at 494, down from 499 on Sunday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 2,194,453 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 24,836 fatalities.
Normalcy in the food service sector is not expected to return before 2024, according to a survey conducted by MSPS and Alternative on behalf of Coca-Cola HBC. However, that normality will likely be quite different to the pre-pandemic period, as changes in entertainment habits over the last couple of years appear to have become permanent.
The conclusions of the survey were presented on Friday on the opening day of the HORECA fair, the exhibition for the hospitality and food service sector that will last until Monday at the Metropolitan Expo center at Spata.
So what are the most important changes in Greeks’ going-out habits? First of all, they go out earlier, usually from 7 to 10 p.m., a trend that is more evident in the capital’s suburbs.
People also tend to go out more often straight after work, a habit that until recently was only observed abroad. There are fewer people in each group of friends, partly due to the restrictions in the number of people per table, while bills tend to run up higher and people appear more willing to get up and dance.
Another significant dimension is the rise of food delivery, given also the expansion of online delivery platforms.
Compared to the pre-pandemic period, there has been a 6% reduction in people visiting cafes, a 12% drop in taverna patrons, restaurant customers have gone down 21%, cafe-bar clients have fallen 23%, fast-food buyers have decreased 20%, while the declines in bar visitors, club goers and bar-restaurant clientele have come to 30%, 51% and 37% respectively.
The main reasons that those polled cite for not going out as much as they used and having fun at home instead are saving money (for 70% of people) and safety (for 62% of respondents). Almost one in two (46%) said they wanted to avoid the crowds and the noise.
Compared to the pre-Covid period, 66% said they now go out less, but 55% said they consume about the same amount of food and drink when they do go out and 37% that they consume less than before. At home or outside, consumers must now pay more for the same products.
In more detail, the 20,361 new cases detected per Regional Unit: