Data shows that young people aged 18 to 24 are clearly leading the pandemic in Greece, accounting for 39% of new COVID-19 cases, while almost 60% of new cases are those aged between 18 and 34.
On the positive side, there are less than two dozen hospitalisations for children under the age of 16.
According to epidemiological data, 39% of last week’s COVID-19 cases involved young people in the aforementioned age group.
Also, one in five cases (20%) was recorded in the next age group, in people aged 25-34.
Almost 60% of last week’s cases come from people aged 18-34.
It is reminded that in this age group, only 24% have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
Specifically, 37% of those between 25-29 years old and 42% in the 30-34 age group have been vaccinated.
Those over 55 years old accounted for only 5% of new cases.
This 5% is almost certain to require hospitalisation as infection in older people is also associated with serious illness, but young people do not escape the risk of hospitalisations either.
It is indicative that in the first two weeks of July there was an increase of 9% in the scheduled appointments for vaccination of those aged 18-25 years compared to the previous period.
Infections in young people are also reflected in the data of the National Organisation of Public Health (EODY).
On June 1, the total number cases of COVID-19 cases in those aged 18-39 was 135,657, corresponding to 34% of the cases.
On July 12, the cases had reached 155,170, corresponding to 35.6% of known cases.
16 out of 100 cases concern minors up to 17 years old.
On June 1, infections in children aged 0-17 years were 34,786 (8.7%).
Six weeks later the infections reached 40,818 (9.4%).
Last week, new COVID-19 cases in children aged 0-11 years accounted for 3% of the total, and in children aged 12-17 years 13%.
The participation of children in camping programs, either open or closed (with accommodation), triggered outbreaks in some cases, but they seem to have been controlled in time.