Greek health authorities announce 873 new coronavirus cases

Greek health authorities announce 873 new coronavirus cases

Greek health authorities announced 873 new coronavirus cases over the 24-hour period ending at 3 pm Thursday. There are also 55 deaths.

There are 476 patients on ventilators, authorities said. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections is 134,235, with 4,457 deaths.

Covid-19 Christmas rules in Greece: What’s allowed during the festive season?

Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Tuesday that Greeks who choose to share their Christmas day or New Year’s lunch with family or friends must first send an SMS with the number 6 to leave their home.

Stricter measures to fight the spread of coronavirus in three Attica municipalities and in northern Greece’s Kozani region were extended to 18:00 on December 30, Civil Protection announced on Thursday.

The three cities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mandra-Idilia continue to exhibit a heavy viral load, leading to the extension decision. In particular, the three cities had 166 active cases, 65 and 30, respectively on December 17, when the strict measures were imposed.  On Wednesday evening, these numbers were at 178, 77 and 27, respectively. In addition, 79.83 percent of these active cases exhibit primary or secondary symptoms of Covid-19, with those with primary symptoms accounting for 51.68 percent.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended a double meeting on the epidemiological situation and the implementation of the National Vaccination Plan, held at the Maximos Mansion.

According to government sources, the first part of the meeting was devoted to reviewing the epidemiological data and highlighted that there must be no relaxation of the measures, while reaffirming the state’s readiness for their strict implementation during the holidays.

The second part of the meeting confirmed that everything is going according to plan regarding the National Vaccination Plan and examined the final details for the rapid roll-out of the first phase, upon the arrival of the first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in Greece.

E-platform for coronavirus vaccination registration in Greece goes online

Digital platform emvolio.gov.gr, through which citizens of Greece register to be vaccinated against COVID-19, went ‘online’ earlier this week.

As of January, citizens with an online-confirmed appointment will go to specified vaccination centres where their temperature will be taken.

Then a doctor will take down their medical history and decide if the process may go ahead.

According to the schedule, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas, will be the first to be vaccinated on December 27.