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Update – 16/02/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 172,824. 26 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 6,152. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 299. 698 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 328 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 56 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greek health authorities set a new record on Monday, administering more than 2,500 coronavirus vaccinations despite the snowy weather that made circulating a challenge in many parts of the country. General Secretary for Primary Healthcare Marios Themistokleous said that while there were some minor problems at Greece’s 750 vaccination centers because of Monday’s weather, the vast majority of appointments went as planned and the day was deemed a success. Themistokleous added that 1,400 people received the Covid-19 jab at Athens’ first big vaccination center in the northern suburb of Maroussi and another 600 at the new facility in Thessaloniki in northern Greece, both of which opened for business on Monday. He said that 5,500 people will be vaccinated a day at the two facilities once they are in full swing. The government official also said that 235,000 appointments have been made so far by citizens in the 60-64 age group slated to get the AstraZeneca vaccine and 150,000 in the 75-79 category.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the rate of vaccinations against Covid-19 in the country depends on the availability of vaccines and called the European Union to avoid further delays in their roll out in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday. Mitsotakis said that Greece has fared better than other countries in dealing with the pandemic and inoculations are moving in an accelerated pace. “Of course we are very dependant on the number of vaccines that we receive from Europe. I do expect the number of vaccines, come Q2, to ramp up significantly,” he told Bloomberg.

“There’s no doubt there were issues in terms of the execution of this project. I think that the president of the commission boldly enough accepted her share of responsibility,” he said, commenting over the curbs in vaccine deliveries due to delays in production.

“Now we need to move forward to make sure that as new vaccines are approved…we will not run behind other countries in terms of how quickly we actually receive these vaccines. I’m sure that even in Brussels…the lessons have been…learned.”

He also estimated the pandemic will wane as of April due to the improving weather. The goal, he said, is to return to normalcy as soon as possible. “We do hope that, come summer, a significant percentage of the Greek population will be vaccinated.”

Regarding the impact of the pandemic on the Greek economy, Mitsotakis said that the first quarter of the year will be worse than expected due to the lockdown, but that March will be better.

In more detail, the 698 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attiki 328:
    • Eastern Attica: 28
    • Northern Sector of Athens: 54
    • West Attica: 14
    • Western Sector of Athens: 51
    • Central Sector of Athens: 93
    • Southern Sector of Athens: 45
    • Islands: 4
    • Piraeus: 39
  • Thessaloniki 56
  • Etoloakarnania 7
  • Argolida 7
  • Arcadia 6
  • Arta 4
  • Achaia 62
  • Boeotia 1
  • Drama 3
  • Evros 8
  • Evia 16
  • Zakynthos 2
  • Ilia 8
  • Imathia 5
  • Heraklion 9
  • Thassos 1
  • Thesprotia 1
  • Ioannina 9
  • Kavala 3
  • Kalymnos 17
  • Karditsa 3
  • Kilkis 1
  • Kozani 6
  • Corinth 13
  • Larissa 20
  • Lasithi 2
  • Lesvos 1
  • Magnesia 9
  • Messinia 5
  • Mykonos 1
  • Xanthi 2
  • Pella 1
  • Pieria 5
  • Preveza 2
  • Rethymnon 6
  • Rhodes 3
  • Serres 1
  • Trikala 8
  • Fthiotida 2
  • Fokida 1
  • Halkidiki 4
  • Chania 3
  • Chios 10
  • Under investigation 23

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