“Τhere is nothing more criminal at this time than Mitsotakis’ governance,” stated main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance central committee secretary Dimitris Tzanakopoulos in an interview with SKAI TV on Monday.
Tzanakopoulos reiterated the main opposition’s request for general elections.
The reason for the general election, according to Tzanakopoulos, is because “this government is incorrigible and continues to support that the pandemic is subsiding but the country has, for one more week, double the number of dead than the EU.”
He also said that the government continues to talk of relaxing the measures and that it was “shutting its eyes to the pandemic”.
Greece confirmed 18,834 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 45 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Monday.
Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed 1,679,705 infections (daily change: +1.1 pct).
In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 473 infections are related to travel from abroad and 2,148 to other confirmed cases.
There are also 101 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 22,087. Of these, 95.1 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.
Meanwhile, fourth dose inoculation appointments will become available online for immunosuppressed people on January 20, said Primary Health Care Secretary General Marios Themistocleous at a regular live briefing on Monday evening.
Concerning children’s vaccination, the health official said that residents in 26 of the country’s smallest islands (approximately 1,000 inhabitants) can book inoculation appointments for their children in specific dates on a special online platform.
Children’s vaccination is already underway in islands with fewer than 1000 inhabitants.
Over 7,625,000 citizens have received at least one shot – this corresponds to 82.6 pct of the adult population (72.6% of the general one), Themistocleous said.
Speaking at the same briefing, National Vaccination Committee chair Maria Theodoridou said that vaccination protects both a mother and her baby during pregnancy, citing the latest findings by international studies.
Cellular immunity in children is twice that of adults, she noted, as antibodies in children remain effective for more than six months, adding that this may justify the existence of a mild infection in the upper and not in the lower respiratory system of children.
A total of 672 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 65 years and 79.2 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 549 (81.7 pct) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 123 (18.3 pct) are fully vaccinated.
Another 3,904 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.
In addition, 472 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily change: -16.16 pct). The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 555.
The median age of new infections is 36 years (range: 0.2 to 106 years), while the median age of the deceased is 78 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).