Update – 28/07/2021
July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece 482,145. 8 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,911. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 142. 3,593 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 1,332 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 398 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
The Minister of Development and Investment has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Making the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning, Adonis Georgiadis, said after running a fever last night, he had a PCR test, the results of which were positive. Earlier on Monday, he took a rapid test before appearing on a private TV channel but that had proved negative.
“I’m almost 49 years old and the only reason I know that I will have a mild case is the fact that I’m fully vaccinated,” the minister tweeted, urging all his peers, especially those older than him, to take the vaccine as soon as possible.
Exclusive Covid clinics, which had been closed earlier this year, are to reopen at Greece’s public hospitals to deal with rising admissions, according to the president of the Athens and Piraeus hospital doctors’ association (EINAP), Matina Pagoni.
Hospital admissions have risen “from five to 45 in seven days,” Pagoni, who works at Athens’ Gennimatas Covid referral hospital, told Skai TV. “We are not doing well at all,” she added, saying that the health system will start coming under pressure, though not at the intensive care unit (ICU) level just yet.
She noted, however, that it won’t take much for unvaccinated people over the age of 50 with an underlying health problem to end up in ICU, and warned of new restrictions if the ratio of vaccinated people does not reach 80% by the end of August. “If it takes until December to build the wall of immunity, there will be mayhem at hospitals come October,” she warned.
Universities in the new academic year will open but only for the fully vaccinated and immune due to prior illness, the deputy education minister responsible for higher education, Angelos Syrigos, indicated Monday though without providing details of the plan.
“There will be no remote lessons again,” he told Mega TV, adding, however, that “the amphitheaters will be open for those who have been vaccinated or have a certificate of recovery.”
The conditions under which unvaccinated students will be able to be on campus “still need to be determined,” he said. Syrigos did not rule out inoculation being made mandatory for students, with on-site vaccination centers, as already proposed by Athens University.
In more detail, the 3,593 new cases detected per Regional Unit: