Update – 28/03/2022
March 28, 2022
March 28, 2022
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 2,930,321. 52 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 27,268. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 342. 13,429 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 4,857 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 1,439 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
Just 14 percent of unvaccinated Greeks aged 60 and above paid the administrative fine imposed by the government in January, according to data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE).
Holdouts were fined 100 euros a month (in January the fine was 50 euros as the measure went into effect mid-month) in a bid to boost lagging inoculation levels and ease pressure on healthcare amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, of the 317,962 individuals notified by tax authorities to pay the fine, only 44,000 had done so by the March 15 deadline.
A late payment surcharge will be applicable in these cases. Outstanding debtors face confiscation of property assets.
An unspecified number of unvaccinated individuals have challenged the fine with their local tax authorities, although there is no such legal provision.
The fines for unvaccinated over-60s will be terminated in mid-April, the government said last week.
A decision on administering a fourth Covid-19 vaccine to the elderly and people with health problems will be made in April, while experts are likely to recommend a fresh round of shots more broadly in September.
The National Vaccination Committee is collecting evidence on the effectiveness of a fourth dose on elderly and high-risk people. Vana Papaevangelou, a member of the government’s expert committee, says a decision should not be expected for two weeks. The outcome will be affected by the FDA verdict on Pfizer’s request to authorize a fourth shot for over-65s.
Experts say that barring a new mutation disrupting existing epidemiological trends, the general population will need a fourth dose before the anticipated post-summer surge. “It won’t be a fourth dose, but a new cycle of inoculation or annual vaccination,” said Democritus University professor of pharmacology Vangelis Manolopoulos.
Sports teams will be playing to full stands starting on Saturday, as restrictions on crowd numbers are lifted for sports venues.
The decision by the Health Ministry applies to both open-air and indoor arenas.
Masks are still mandatory at all times, however, and admission is restricted to people who have been fully vaccinated or have a valid Covid-19 recovery certificate.
In more detail, the 13,429 new cases detected per Regional Unit: