Update – 22/07/2021
July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 466,441. 3 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,870. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 125. 2,972 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,266 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 236 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
The framework regarding the mandatory vaccination for health and care workers is expected, as recently announced, to be submitted to Parliament within the week.
It will take effect as of August 16 for workers at nursing homes and from September 1 for healthcare staff.
The first step is to make an amendment to the Civil Service Code, so that staff can be put on unpaid leave without themselves signing off for it, as is the case today. Without this modification no one will be able to be suspended from work. The unpaid leave will last, according to the government, “as long as the pandemic last.”
One of the key challenges is to fill in the gaps left behind when staff goes on unpaid leave given the imbalance between doctors and nurses in terms of vaccinations. More than 90% of doctors compared to just 73% of nurses have so far been vaccinated.
Over 120,000 young people aged 18 to 25 have applied for a prepaid card of 150 euros issued to adolescents who have gotten at least one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday.
The card, dubbed “freedom-pass” by the government, is aimed at teenagers aged 18-25 who get at least one shot of a vaccine against Covid-19, and is offered as an incentive to expand vaccine coverage in Greece.
It will cover costs in travel and entertainment, such as plane and ferry tickets, hotel bookings, music, theatre and cinema, museums and archaeological sites.
At least five people have been arrested after police clashed with demonstrators protesting against compulsory vaccination in central Athens. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water canon to disperse the crowds from Syntagma Square, in front of the parliament building.
An estimated 3,500 people took part in the protests. Some protesters wore religious garb while others carried icons and Greek flags. Leaflets from far-right parties were also distributed at the protests.
According to the police, the trouble started when protesters were requested to clear Amalias Avenue, where they were obstructing traffic. When protestors started throwing bottles and other objects at the police, the police responded with water canon and tear gas.
Outside the University of Athens, there were clashes between anti-authoritarians and anti-vaccination protestors.
Meanwhile in Thessaloniki, citizens, responding to an call put out on the internet, held a rally and march against compulsory vaccination. The demonstrators gathered in the White Tower and then marched through the main streets of the city, holding banners, Greek flags, crosses and icons and shouting slogans against the government and mandatory vaccination.
In more detail, the 2,972 new cases detected per Regional Unit: