Update – 24/11/2021
November 24, 2021
November 24, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 894,555. 91 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 17,517. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 597. 8,100 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 2,114 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 1,472 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Hospitals across Greece are delaying surgeries to free up bed space in the face of growing concerns over hospital capacity constraints.
The decision by the Health Ministry, taken amid an influx of Covid-19 patients, will mostly affect selective surgeries and procedures which are expected to be scaled back by up to 80 percent.
According to a memo sent by deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga to the directors of the country’s health regions, patients who require emergency surgical intervention will be exempt from the measure.
The Athens-Piraeus Hospital Doctors Association (EINAP) issued a statement denouncing the decision.
Greece’s National Vaccination Committee issued guidelines on Tuesday to individuals that want to get the third dose of a jab against Covid-19 and became infected, either before or after vaccination.
The instructions on when and which booster shot is given, are as follows:
1. Infection prior to vaccination with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine: A booster six months after vaccination with single dose of Pfizer or J&J vaccines or half-dose of Moderna.
2. Infection prior to vaccination with Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines: A booster six months after second shot, with single dose of Pfizer or J&J vaccines or half-dose of Moderna.
3. Infection after just one dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines: A second shot three to six months after diagnosis with a dose of Pfizer or Moderna and a booster after six months with a single dose of Pfizer or J&J vaccines or half-dose of Moderna.
4. Infection after full vaccination with J&J vaccine: A booster six months after falling ill with a single dose of Pfizer or J&J vaccines or half-dose of Moderna.
5. Infection after full vaccination with Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines: A booster six months after falling ill with a single dose of Pfizer or J&J vaccines or half-dose of Moderna.
The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic will be the “toughest” Greece has been through as the government has chosen to keep the economy and society open, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the two-day Athens Health Summit, organized by Kathimerini, he said the government’s choice to keep the economy open despite a record number of Covid infections and a high number of deaths was “the right one.”
Therefore, the national health system is being pressured “as it is pressured every winter, but it also has the pandemic to manage,” he continued.
Since the beginning of the year, 85% of the infections concern people who have not been vaccinated, along with 95% of patients in hospitals and 90% of deaths.
In more detail, the 8,100 new cases detected per Regional Unit: