Plevris: Masks indoors may remain mandatory

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Ηealth Minister Thanos Plevris left open the possibility that the use of a mask indoors will remain mandatory in May, in an interview with Skai TV on Thursday.

"We do not know (when the mask will not be mandatory). It is possible that the measure of wearing masks indoors might not be lifted, because the mask is a mild measure," the minister said.

What we suggest is that masks indoors will continue in May and then, based on the epidemiological picture in the country, decisions will be taken for June," he added.

Plevris also spoke about the relaxation of the measures from May 1 to August 31, noting that it will be determined with specific protocols following the recommendations of the experts' committee.

Greece confirmed 11,487 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) said on Wednesday, bringing all confirmed infections since the pandemic began to 3,302,382 (daily change: +0.3 pct).

Of the daily total, reinfections are estimated at 311 in the last 24 hours, while their total since the pandemic began is estimated at 121,743  (3.6% pct of the total positive results).

There are also 43 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 29,022. Of these, 95.5 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

A total of 267 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 71 years and 92.9 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 144 (53.93 pct) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 123 (46.07 pct) are fully vaccinated.

Another 4,599 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 188 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily change: +12.57 pct). The average admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 176.

The median age of new infections is 36 years (range: 0.2 to 112 years), while the median age of the deceased is 79 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).

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