Update – 15/12/2021
December 15, 2021
December 15, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 1,012,659. 130 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 19,475. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 700. 5,736 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,786 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 901 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Despite expectations that the fourth wave of the coronavirus would have started to ease by now, a daily record of 130 Covid-19 deaths were confirmed Tuesday.
It is the highest number of daily casualties since the beginning of the pandemic and confirms the worst-case scenarios, according to which the death toll will remain high, despite the reduction in the number of new cases.
A new vaccination mega center was inaugurated in the southern Athenian suburb of Glyfada on Tuesday, as Greek health authorities aim to boost capacity amid a surge in the demand for jab appointments in recent weeks.
The center, which will open to the public on Wednesday, can serve 1,500 to 1,800 people per day in 16 vaccination stations, and will be manned by 50 nurses and staff from the Hellenic Red Cross and the Armed Forces.
The new center was created within an existing school building on the corner of Epaminonda and Archimidous Streets.
Health authorities have previously announced that another 24 stations willbe added at the mega vaccination center of Peristeri as of December 18.
Greek health authorities have so far confirmed a total of five cases of the Omicron Covid variant in the country since November 29, when the first one was detected in a traveller from South Africa, according to the National Organization for Public Health (EODY).
There are two men and three women aged between 25 and 41 and their cases were confirmed in Athens, Chania and Lasithi. Four of the five cases are imported and linked to travel abroad — two from South Africa and two from France — while one is a close contact of one of the other four.
EODY said all five are vaccinated with two doses of a Covid jab and so far appear to have mild symptoms of short duration. They have been isolated and all their close contacts have been traced and tested.
The government’s “persuasion strategy” to encourage take-up of the coronavirus vaccine has been “exhausted,” spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou said on Tuesday, as the expiration of a mandate for people aged 60 and above looms closer.
“When you’re having to contend with the vaccine being turned into a political issue and obscurantist mentalities, there comes a time when you have to implement the law and adapt your legal arsenal,” he warned in comments to Skai television.
As a case in point, he referred to recent legislation aimed at clamping down on “fake news” regarding the pandemic and vaccines, saying that it facilitated the arrest of three members of the self-proclaimed “Guardians of the Constitution” far-right, anti-vax group over an assault on a school principal in northern Greece last week.
“The criminal code was amended so that the police and judicial authorities could deal with such unconscionable behavior with stricter penalties,” he said.
Stressing that the state “will not tolerate” similar reactions, Oikonomou also described as “charlatans” a group of anti-vaxxer parents in Halkida, in Evia, who made a public display on Sunday night of burning a book by the popular children’s writer Evgenios Trivizas explaining the pandemic. The book is slated for distribution at the country’s schools.
Oikonomou went on to express condolences to the family of Giorgos Trangas, the 74-year-old journalist who died of Covid in an Athens hospital on Tuesday morning, adding that he could have lived if he had been vaccinated.
Trangas’ death should “act as message to all those who have no protection against this disease to get the vaccine,” Oikonomou said.
In more detail, the 5,736 new cases detected per Regional Unit: