Coronavirus cluster of 100 new cases in Peloponnese, Greece

Peloponessian migrant camp

Peloponessian migrant camp

A very large number of coronavirus cases have been detected in Kranidi migrant accommodation in the Peloponnese. According to some sources, the total cases are more than 100, while others speak of 150.

The revelation was made by the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias, while at the moment he and Sotiris Tsiodras, the Australia-born Greek pathologist physician in charge of Greece's management of the coronavirus, are going to the area. They are also accompanied by the General Secretary for the Reception of Asylum Seekers, Emmanuel Logothetis and the President of the Board of Directors of the Greek National Public Health, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas.

"It simply came to our notice then. What needs to be done will be done based on the protocol," said Nikos Hardalias. At the moment, a meeting is being held at the City Hall of Ermioni, with the participation of Mayor Giannis Georgopoulos and Regional Governor Panagiotis Nikas.

The hotel where the illegal migrants are kept has been in complete health blockade since Thursday night, for precautionary reasons. The reason for the precautionary health blockade of the hotel, which functions as a hosting center, was the occurrence of a positive case of a hotel employee, who, however, did not go to work for the last 12 days.

A Somali migrant, who is also pregnant, was found to be positive of the virus on Easter Sunday. The hotel is home to 470 asylum seekers, all of whom come from sub-Saharan Africa.

Not including the infected illegal immigrants, Greece has at least 2,245 confirmed cases and 119 deaths.

Favourable forecasts come from the University of Crete, where Professor George Tsironis and his team study the data of coronavirus cases and analyse the curve of the spread of the disease in Greece. According to the professor, the course of the disease has pleasantly surprised scientists, as the data collected by the team at the end of March, estimates that new cases will be around zero by May 27-28.

Now, with the new data "mathematical models show us that things have developed much better and the first phase will close two weeks earlier, around May 10," said Mr. Tsironis. "If the cases are not zero, it will be close to zero."

Regarding whether "models" are being built for a second wave, he pointed out: "It is a basic activity, although the virus is very new and we do not have much data. People are waiting for the virus to reactivate when the cold starts again. The system must be prepared for the appropriate action, and especially ours, the educational community, which must adapt to the data and distance education."