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Update – 27/01/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 153,226. 21 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 5,692. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 283. 842 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 427 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 65 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Almost 50% of total cases detected originate from Athens. Lesvos and Voiotia remain in a strict lockdown until February 1st.

The quick-spreading coronavirus variant, first identified in the UK in November, has now unfortunately been detected in regions across Greece. In total, 59 cases of the mutation have been diagnosed in the country. So far, all of these cases of the coronavirus variant have been identified in Athens and Crete.

However, officials indicate that a number of cases of the viral mutation may now have been found in northern Greece, particularly in the city of Thessaloniki. The presence of the fast-spreading, possibly more dangerous, mutation in Greece may throw the country off its track toward lightening up on its restrictive lockdown and anti-virus measures. In mid-January, retail stores reopened in Greece after two months of strict lockdown. Widespread reports of crowding in the shopping districts of cities across the country has caused concern amongst health officials.

Cases of the variant were first recorded in Greece in early January, after the country conducted further testing on samples already taken from travelers who tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Greece from the UK. Since its discovery in the UK in November, the fast-spreading coronavirus mutation has been diagnosed in dozens of countries across the globe. Scientists have determined that the mutation spreads much more quickly than the non-variant virus.

This has led officials to urge citizens to take even stricter anti-virus precautions, including wearing two masks, to best prevent any transmission of the variant. Additionally, although the data is still under review, early indications have shown that the UK coronavirus variant may be more lethal than the standard virus as well.

Although more testing is required, most scientists are convinced that the widely-effective Covid vaccines will protect those inoculated from variants such as this one.

In Greece, government officials worry that not enough people will get immunized before summer, due to the lack of vaccines, resulting in serious issues regarding the tourism section. The January goal is 200.000 vaccinations. Health centers will be backed up so more vaccinations can take place each day.

In more detail, the 842 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 427:
    • Eastern Attica 45
    • Northern Sector of Athens 76
    • West Attica 28
    • Western Sector of Athens 67
    • Central Sector of Athens 113
    • Southern Sector of Athens 43
    • Piraeus 55
  • Thessaloniki 65
  • Etoloakarnania 7
  • Argolis 5
  • Arcadia 7
  • Achaia 29
  • Boeotia 13
  • Evros 10
  • Evia 38
  • Zakynthos 3
  • Ilia 5
  • Imathia 3
  • Heraklion 7
  • Thassos 1
  • Thesprotia 1
  • Thira 3
  • Ioannina 1
  • Kavala 4
  • Karditsa 14
  • Corfu 2
  • Kilkis 5
  • Kozani 16
  • Corinthians 6
  • Laconia 6
  • Larissa 37
  • Lasithi 1
  • Lesvos 14
  • Magnesia 13
  • Messinia 2
  • Mykonos 6
  • Xanthi 12
  • Paros 1
  • Pella 4
  • Pieria 4
  • Rethymnon 1
  • Rodopi 6
  • Rhodes 1
  • Serres 9
  • Trikala 3
  • Fthiotida 1
  • Florina 1
  • Halkidiki 16
  • Chania 3
  • Under investigation 4

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