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Update – 28/12/2020

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 135,456. 53 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 4,606. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 469. 342 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 101 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 70 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

The first coronavirus vaccines were administered in Greece and across the European Union on Sunday, December 27, 2020. A new, brighter chapter gradually begins, offering a glimpse of hope to all those who have suffered so much from this terrible situation. The vaccination against COVID-19 started at the Attica region hospitals Evangelismos, Sotiria, Attikon, Thriasio, and Asklipiio Voulas. First to be vaccinated was Eustathia Kampisiouli, an ICU nurse, and Michael Giovanidis, an 88-year old man, hosted at an elderly people care unit of Athens.

In a symbolic gesture, the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was vaccinated right after Kampisiouli and Giovanidis. Speaking to reporters right after her vaccination, President Sakellaropoulou said that this Christmas, the best present was offered to us by science, and she said that the EU, by managing to distribute these vaccines across Europe, proved that it’s a Union of Solidarity.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis followed next in the Atticon Hospital. The PM was cheerful, saying right after the vaccination that it was ”absolutely non-painful.”

Speaking to reporters a few moments later, Mitsotakis noted that ”Today is a very important day for science, a great day for the EU which delivered the vaccine to all of the EU member states at the same day, making the European solidarity reality.”

Speaker of the House Constantinos Tassoulas, MeRA25 Party Leader Yanis Varoufakis, Ministry of Health Representative for the Coronavirus, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, Head of the National Defence General Staff, General Constantinos Floros, Bishop of Nafpaktos Ierotheos and President of the National Vaccination Committee Maria Theodoridou got the first dose of the vaccine on Sunday too.

The leader of the Opposition Alexis Tsipras, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, and the General Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Service of Greece Marios Themistokleous will be vaccinated today, Monday, at the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens.

Greece is now marked as ”green” in the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) maps for the coronavirus. This is because the test positivity rate of the COVID-19 fell below four percent and the notification rate is lower than 25 cases per 100,000 people in the country. The maps are based on data reported by the EU Member States to The European Surveillance System (TESSy) database by 23:59 every Tuesday.

The optimistic message on the downward trend of the epidemic was also noted during the latest briefing of the representative of the Health Ministry’s scientists committee in Athens earlier this week.

However, the experts urged the people to continue to be very cautious and to strictly observe the protection measures as “the epidemic may get worse in a very short time but its de-escalation is slow and difficult.”

In more detail, the 342 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • 12 cases in Eastern Attica
  • 15 cases in the Northern Sector of Athens
  • 21 cases in Central Athens
  • 11 cases in the Southern Sector of Athens
  • 25 cases in the Western Sector of Athens
  • 5 cases of West Attica
  • 70 cases in Thessaloniki
  • 2 cases in Etoloakarnania
  • 2 cases in Arcadia
  • 5 cases in Achaia
  • 1 case in Βοιωτίας
  • 4 cases in Drama
  • 6 cases in Evros
  • 1 case in Evritania
  • 8 cases in Imathia
  • 1 case in Ioannina
  • 1 case in Kavala
  • 6 cases in the Prefecture Kalymnos
  • 5 cases in Karditsa
  • 1 case in Kastoria
  • 1 case in Corfu
  • 10 cases in Kilkis
  • 12 cases in Kozani
  • 3 cases in Corinth
  • 2 cases in Laconia
  • 7 cases in Larissa
  • 9 cases in Lesvos
  • 9 cases in Magnesia
  • 9 cases in Xanthi
  • 12 cases in Piraeus
  • 5 cases in Pella
  • 8 cases in Pieria
  • 7 cases in Rodopi
  • 2 cases in Serres
  • 2 cases in Trikala
  • 2 cases in Fthiotida
  • 1 case in Florina
  • 4 cases in Halkidiki
  • 2 cases in Chios

2 cases are under investigation

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