Update – 22/09/2021
September 22, 2021
September 22, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 636,596. 42 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 14,548. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 333. 3,040 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 544 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 449 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
A bonus of 50 gigabytes worth of free data for mobile devices offered to teenagers aged 15-17 who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 was extended to five months from the original three on Tuesday.
A legal amendment to this effect was tabled in Parliament by Deputy Digital Minister Giorgos Georgantas as part of a Finance Ministry bill on the restructuring of the Legal Council of the State.
The bonus is designed to encourage vaccinated among youngsters and benefits those who have received either the first of two vaccine doses or the single-dose shot.
Georgantas said that a similar incentive of a prepaid card worth 150 euros for young people aged 18-24 has also been successful, as 323,000 of the total 434,000 beneficiaries have already used it at least once.
Even vaccinated patients will have to take a rapid tests to go to the dentist, according to a decision published in the Government Gazette Tuesday.
The provision obliges vaccinated patients to perform rapid tests within 48 hours of any invasive examination or examinations that may cause aerosol transmission.
Unvaccinated patients must take a molecular test while those accompanying them must take a rapid test. However, if those accompanying a patient have been vaccinated they do not need to be tested.
The government will not show any tolerance for parents who demand that their children attend classes at school without tests and masks to contain the spread of the coronavirus, its spokesperson Yiannis Oikonomou insisted on Tuesday.
“The government and the educational community cannot tolerate such behavior. There are specific laws, provisions and instructions that are clear,” he told Skai Radio, adding that those who want to impose their reasoning on others and violate the law will face legal consequences.
“Measures and the vaccine are synonyms for the word ‘Freedom,’” he added.
Oikonomou made his remarks amid growing concern among health experts due to an epidemiological spike in northern Greece, and especially Thessaloniki, where yet another incident involving a defiant parent occurred on Tuesday.
The father disrupted the operation of a local school, threatening teachers and a school principal after his son was forbidden from entering the premises without the results of a self-test.
The 37-year-old father reportedly barged into the school, refusing to leave, while allegedly preventing other students from entering.
The principal called the police and filed a lawsuit against him.
He was indicted by a local prosecutor later on Tuesday and will stand trial on Friday.
In more detail, the 3,040 new cases detected per Regional Unit: