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Update – 29/06/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 421,266. 8 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,662. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 215. 362 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 187 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 15 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece, very keen to speed up the vaccination rollout across the country, announced on Monday that young people aged 18-25 will receive a prepaid card with 150 euros when they get their first shot of a vaccine.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mistsotakis announced the initiative, dubbed the “Freedom Pass,” saying that it represents an award for this age group that has more recently been affected by the coronavirus.

“It is time for the state to reward an age group affected by the coronavirus. I am talking about the 940,000 young people aged 18-25,” Mitsotakis noted, adding: “From today a window of freedom opens for their free time. With the first vaccination dose, they will get a prepaid card with 150 euros for travel and cultural events.”

The Freedom Pass will cover costs in travel and entertainment, such as plane and ferry tickets; hotel bookings; music, theatre and cinema events; and fees for museums and archaeological sites.

“This is a debt to our youth, a gift of gratitude, particularly ahead of the summer. (It is) a ‘thank you’ for their patience and perseverance,” the PM told the ministers at the televised message.

Appealing to the younger generation, Mitsotakis said that safety precautions are paramount: “We keep masks on when we are in a crowded place. I call on our girls and boys to seize this opportunity and get vaccinated.”

Health experts have warned that the current rate of vaccination is not sufficient to beat back the coronavirus, and the Delta variant in particular. Only about one-third of the population in Greece is fully inoculated, according to official data on the website

Greece has administered more than 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but health officials said at least 70 percent of people living in the country must be fully protected.

Last week, the president of the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) warned that Greece may see the Delta strain spread very quickly, becoming the dominant strain in the nation by the end of August.

The European Union’s governing body for infectious diseases warned that the Delta coronavirus variant could soon be responsible for as much as 90% of Europe’s Covid-19 infections.

“It is very likely that the delta variant will circulate heavily this summer,” declared ECDC Director Andrea Ammon.

In more detail, the 362 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 187
    • Eastern Attica 20
    • Northern Sector of Athens 20
    • West Attica 4
    • Western Sector of Athens 23
    • Central Sector of Athens 50
    • Southern Sector of Athens 46
    • Islands 2
    • Piraeus 14
  • Thessaloniki 15
  • Etoloakarnania 1
  • Arcadia 3
  • Achaia 7
  • Boeotia 3
  • Drama 1
  • Evia 3
  • Ilia 1
  • Imathia 3
  • Heraklion 10
  • Thira 1
  • Ioannina 3
  • Kalymnos 3
  • Kastoria 1
  • Corfu 2
  • Kozani 4
  • Corinth 8
  • Kos 2
  • Larissa 7
  • Lasithi 1
  • Lesvos 2
  • Magnesia 10
  • Mykonos 4
  • Pieria 4
  • Rethymnon 2
  • Rhodes 10
  • Sporades 2
  • Trikala 1
  • Fthiotida 1
  • Florina 1
  • Chalkidiki 4
  • Chania 6
  • Under investigation 24

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