As time goes by, almost certainly super-spreading Delta variant loci emerge, threatening to demolish everything on their path, including the basic wall of immunity that citizens have built with great effort.
We are continuing to administer tens of thousands of tests (Greece is among the countries that conducts the most tests per million of population) both in random sampling and at points of entry into the country.
The over doubling of confirmed cases of the Indian variant (Delta) in just one week – 29 have been confirmed in random sampling, most of which are in Iraklio, Crete – is considered a small-scale version of actual transmission.
Experts believe the advent of the COVID-19 Delta variant is one of the main reasons that the Greek vaccine rollout (Operation Freedom) must be expedited with the aim of building an effective wall of immunity within 60 days.
Of the 18 cases 15 were located in Crete, one in the Region of Western Athens, one in the Region of Thessaloniki, and one at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.