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Update – 15/12/2020

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 125,173. 62 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 3,687. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 558. 639 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece, maintaining the daily number below 1,000. 184 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 163 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

In Greece, there is an “obvious decrease” in new hospital admissions for Covid-19 in recent days, a member of the government’s committee of experts said on Monday during a briefing on the developments with the virus. Vana Papaevangelou, who is also a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Athens University, said authorities have all reported an “initial stabilisation” in the number of intubations and deaths. Papaevangelou said she hoped vaccinations will start in Greece in early 2021, and urged everyone to have it, noting that this “will help us return to normality to a large extend” next year.

Citizens won’t get to pick the vaccine they want to protect them against Covid-19, according to Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis. Speaking to Skai TV on Monday, he said that “once a preparation has received a marketing authorization, it means that it meets all the conditions.” He also stressed that there will be no shortages and that hospitals and the 1,018 vaccination centers around the country are being prepared so that the vaccinations can start within a few days of the receipt of the vaccines. 

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a Notam extending measures to protect airline passengers from Covid-19, which include a mandatory three-day quarantine for anyone entering the country.

In Greece, bookshops, hair salons and vehicle test centers reopened on Monday, with the option to work extended hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and with strict health safety rules in place.


The government on Monday announced lockdown rules for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Gatherings at homes will be limited to a maximum of nine people from two families, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said. He added that the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew will also apply.

The Netherlands announced a five- week quarantine, taking effect this week, in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The UK is now facing a coronavirus mutation, according to Health Minister Matt Hancock. He pointed out that there is no evidence suggesting the disease will be worse or that the vaccine will no longer work. Vaccination in the UK only started last week.

The president of KINAL, Fofi Gennimata, had a teleconference with representatives of small and medium enterprises from catering and trade. She strongly criticized the government for “condemning retail”. Especially for the click away method, she stressed that “in fact it only favors large companies.”

Regarding yesterday’s 639 new cases detected:

– 15 cases during the checks carried out at the entrance gates of the country

– 2 imported cases that came voluntarily for control

– 184 cases in the Attica Region

– 163 cases in Thessaloniki

– 3 cases in Etoloakarnania

– 2 cases in Argolida

– 2 cases in Arta

– 7 cases in Achaia

– 1 case in Voiotia

– 7 cases in Grevena

– 17 cases in Drama

– 15 cases in Evros

– 4 cases in Evia

– 4 cases in Evritania

– 2 cases in Ilia

– 22 cases in Imathia

– 5 cases in Heraklion

– 1 case in Thasos

– 2 cases in Ioannina

– 7 cases in Kavala

– 1 case in Kalymnos

– 9 cases in Karditsa

– 3 cases in Kastoria

– 2 cases in Kilkis

– 27 cases in Kozani

– 3 cases in Corinth

– 19 cases in Larissa

– 9 cases in Lassithi

– 5 cases in Lesvos

– 24 cases in Magnesia

– 1 case in Messinia

– 8 cases in Xanthi

– 7 cases in Pella

– 8 cases in Pieria

– 15 cases in Rodopi

– 6 cases in Serres

– 2 cases in Trikala

– 7 cases in Fthiotida

– 2 cases in Florina

– 3 cases in Chania

– 3 cases in Chios

10 cases are under investigation

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