Update – 29/12/2020
December 29, 2020
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 135,931. 66 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 4,672. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 467. 476 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 188 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 91 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in the US, has conducted a research that forecasts the number of deaths until April of 2021 in different scenarios. Given the best scenario, meaning most people get vaccinated while also maintaining protection measures, the number of deaths will stand at about 11,500. However, given the worst-case scenario, in which protection measures are alleviated the number of deaths may rise up to 19,000. The number showcase the importance of health measures and the scientific education of people, in terms of the disease, its prevention and therapy.
The WHO warns that covid-19 pandemic is neither the last nor the worst. Dr Michael Ryan, executive director, has seen many deadly viruses in his career. Covid-19 is extremely contagious but not as deadly as other viruses. Covid-19 deaths have already reached 1,7 million, a number comparatively small to other diseases. He also warned people to be prepared for future negative scenarios and viruses.
The vaccination process of certain priority groups began on December 27th. So far, 4 hospitals are the vaccination centers- the university hospital of Thessaloniki, Patra, Larissa and Ioannina. 471 people had received the vaccine as of yesterday at 4 PM. The vaccination of healthcare workers is expected to end until the 4th of January. Until the 20th of January, the first dose given to elder nursing homes, is expected to be completed.
On January 20th, the vaccination of willing citizens will take place. Despite a few cases where the vaccine caused allergic reactions to people, it is said to be totally safe. Many of those cases are reported to have recovered fully. Health officials say that allergic reactions happen only to a few people, who are allergic to certain foods. Those people might need to consult their doctor before getting vaccinated.
People will receive a certificate of vaccination once they get it. It can be used for international travel, depending on health measures imposed by transportation companies, but that is yet to be decided.
Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas, mentioned that the reopening of the schools is a top priority and they are expected to operate again, after the second lockdown in the country ends. He said that the arrival of the vaccine does not signal loosening of the protection measures.
In more detail, the 476 new cases detected per Regional Unit:
- 19 cases in Eastern Attica
- 17 cases in the North Sector of Athens
- 36 cases in the Western Sector of Athens
- 60 cases in the Central Sector of Athens
- 20 cases in the Southern Sector of Athens