Update – 25/02/2022
February 25, 2022
February 25, 2022
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 2,369,396. 65 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 25,603. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 454. 15,829 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 5,700 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 1,759 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Bulgaria plans to lift the obligatory Covid-19 “green certificate” for entry to restaurants, shopping malls and other public venues from March 20 as coronavirus infections ease, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on Monday.
The health pass – a digital or paper certificate showing someone has been vaccinated, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus – was made obligatory for most indoor spaces in Bulgaria last October.
Its introduction has prompted a series of protests in the European Union’s least vaccinated member state, angering bar and restaurant owners and anti-vaccine activists. A massive new protest is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Balkan country of 7 million people has seen a double-digit drop in new coronavirus cases on a weekly basis in the past three weeks. On Monday, it reported 1,235 new daily infections, compared with more than 12,000 new cases registered on January 26.
“We managed to pass through the Omicron wave without massive closures of schools or businesses … Our forecasts show that around March 20 it would be possible to end all restrictions in the country linked to the Green Certificate,” Petkov told reporters.
Petkov said his government would keep urging Bulgarians to get vaccinated and said the certificate would still be needed for those who want to travel to other European Union countries.
The Balkan country will start easing restrictions from February 24, when owners of public venues such as shopping malls, cinemas, gyms and bars will be allowed to grant access to customers who do not have a green certificate.
From March 5, all foreign travelers who have a green certificate will be allowed entry to Bulgaria, a move that the Black Sea country hopes will give a boost to its tourism industry.
As of March 20, if all goes according to the plan, the health pass will only be used to facilitate travel abroad, the country’s chief health inspector Angel Kunchev said.
The Sanofi and Glaxo SmithKline corporations will seek approval for their coronavirus vaccine candidate, officials announced on Wednesday, stating they hoped their inoculation could be used as either a standalone vaccine or a booster shot with other existing vaccines.
The French-owned Sanofi Pasteur Labs, along with its British partner GlaxoSmithKline are ready to go forward with the cumbersome approval process despite suffering several setbacks on the road to its development.
The companies announced to the press on Wednesday that they intended to submit data to regulators from a late-stage trial of the vaccine as well as another study which looked at its safety and efficacy as a booster only.
In more detail, the 15,829 new cases detected per Regional Unit: