Update – 18/02/2022
February 18, 2022
February 18, 2022
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 2,255,421. 93 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 25,095. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 484. 19,504 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 6,062 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 2,112 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
People who become reinfected with SARS-CoV-2 and have not been vaccinated against the virus will no longer be eligible for a certificate of recovery that allows them access to bars, restaurants, shops and other public venues, the Health Ministry said at its regular press briefing on Thursday.
The decision to tighten the rules was taken before the Christmas holidays, Vana Papaevangelou, a professor in infectious disease and a member of the government’s committee of experts, told the press briefing, adding, however, that passes will be issued to people who became infected after being vaccinated but before having the chance to get a booster shot.
Responding to the Health Ministry’s decision to loosen some more restrictions starting this weekend – particularly with regards to entertainment and sports venues – Papaevangelou stressed that Greece is not in the same position as other European countries that already have or are about to lift curbs entirely.
“We are not near the end of the pandemic. We are not ready to stop all the measures,” she said, as the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) reported 19,504 new coronavirus cases and 93 Covid-related deaths on Thursday.
“We will live with the virus for some time to come and given the present picture we are not ready to follow the example of other countries and go ahead with a complete abolition of all restrictions,” Papaevangelou added.
With a large majority of the population vaccinated, the daily rate of shots administered has dropped to the lowest point since the beginning of Greece’s national inoculation program.
In particular, over the last 10 days, approximately 3,500-4,000 first dose vaccinations were administered on a daily basis.
The previous lowest performance since the beginning of the program was recorded at the beginning of last October, with about 5,600 daily first-dose vaccinations.
In total, about 34,500 vaccinations (first, second and booster shots) were performed on a daily basis last week, when at the beginning of December the corresponding number was 110,000 vaccinations.
According to Primary Healthcare General Secretary Marios Themistokleous, the vaccination program is slowly being completed, and in the coming period, when the booster shots will be completed, daily vaccinations are expected to fall even further.
All the countries at the EU Health Ministers Council meeting said that they aim to lift remaining restrictions to control the transmission of the coronavirus by mid-March, depending on the pressure facing individual countries’ health systems, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Thursday.
However, the minister, who announced four days ago that he had been infected with Covid-19, warned on Skai TV that “there is no end to the pandemic” and there should be no complacency from the public, as a resurgence of the pandemic is possible in autumn.
Regarding Wednesday’s decision to lift the restrictions in Greece, he said that the vaccination rate in the general population is over 81 percent.
In more detail, the 19,504 new cases detected per Regional Unit: