Update – 26/01/2021
January 26, 2021
January 26, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 152,412. 25 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,671. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 286. 436 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 207 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 32 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
In a statement, General Secretary of Primary Health Care Marios Themistokleous announced Monday that over 176,000 Greeks have been vaccinated against the coronavirus so far. Nearly 17,000 people were inoculated on Monday alone in Greece. Starting Friday, those aged 80-84 in Greece were able to book appointments for the vaccine. Additionally, the country received a shipment with a total of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. By the end of March, the country expects to have received a total of 1,415,000 doses of the company’s shot.
Greeks left their homes en masse to shop and enjoy the nice weather this weekend.
According to a statement released by Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Greece’s Minister of Digital Governance, the country recorded a stunning 20% increase in SMS messages sent by Greeks leaving their homes this past weekend. During the past week, when stores first reopened, there was a 13% jump in SMS messages. According to Greece’s anti-virus measures, Greeks are permitted to shop for a total of two hours after sending an SMS to the country’s toll-free 13033 number.
After images of crowding in the country’s retail areas caused shock, many theorized that shoppers had been sending messages to shop, deleting them after two hours passed, and sending new ones in order to continue their shopping sprees. Pierrakakis stated Monday that it is currently impossible to regulate this activity digitally, and recommend increased checks in high-traffic areas. The Minister of Digital Governance also hinted at the creation of an app, specifically for those hoping to shop, that would include a timer, so as to avoid rule-breaking and crowding amongst shoppers. In a statement, the Ministry also advised shoppers to stick to the rules in order to avoid being hit with a fine.
The European Commission (EC) proposed new restrictions on travel to help stop the further spread of the coronavirus and its variants as not only the overall case numbers but the number of variants continue to rise across the continent. As part of the new system, the EC will consider adding yet one more category to their “traffic light” scheme denoting the severity of infections in any given area, with green, yellow and red showing the areas of the virus’ prevalence.
Gray is also used to show that there is insufficient data available to show the status of infections in a given area.
Now, “Dark Red” will be added to the visual aid to show areas to which travel is actively discouraged. All those arriving from “red” areas are made to restrict their movements and then given the option of taking a PCR test after having been in place for five days.
Those coming from “orange” areas can provide a negative PCR test to avoid restrictions upon their arrival and people coming from “green” areas are not required to isolate at all.
At the moment, only Norway, Greece and Finland are in the “orange” zone, although Greece has the one area of “green” in their Aegean islands.
The rest of the entire European Union, including Ireland is now shown as red on the coronavirus map.
In more detail, the 436 new cases detected per Regional Unit: