We must follow the advice of experts to wear masks in situations where there is crowding, both indoors and outdoors, in order to avert a surge of infections after Greek Orthodox Easter (24 April).
This is not the first time that the wrong signals – such as elimination of the compulsory wearing of masks outdoors or talk of eliminating the requirement that vaccination certificates be required at restaurants, - have been conveyed to the public.
Along with preventive measures, the vaccine, and epidemiological tracing, a portion of the responsibility has shifted to the whole of society.
At the beginning of 2021, all those involved in managing the public health crisis had the illusion that the COVID-19 pandemic was coming to an end and that everything would be better by summer.
Everyone sees that the government is bedeviled by the dilemma of choosing between the economy and public health measures and that it is confronted with intense social pressures.
The number of intubated patients is 379 – compared to 346 on 1 September - with a median age of 69. Of these, 90.24 percent are unvaccinated or have received just one dose.
Meanwhile, in a bid to push unvaccinated healthcare workers to get the jab, the government has suspended vacation leave for hospital healthcare workers, EKAV ambulance workers, NPHO employees, and employees at primary healthcare facilities.
In the last 24 hours, 14 people have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 12,997. Of these patients, 95.2 percent had underlying medical conditions and/or were 70 years of age or older.
Everyone realises that it is impossible to control the situation on the islands. There is little sense of individual responsibility and bars and night clubs are packed in the evening.
There were 12 deaths in the last 24 hours, compared to nine the previous day, while of the patients who died 78 years old is the mean age. As of today 12,948 people have died of SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the epidemic
The measures will be similar to those implemented in Mykonos two weeks ago as the National Committee on COVID-19 has determined that there is heightened danger and that intensive monitoring is required.
A Pulse poll indicated that the Delta variant has substantially increased the fear of those surveyed. Sixty percent responded that they are either very concerned (32 percent) or quite concerned (28 percent).
Obviously, political developments will be dynamically affected. Nothing will be the same after this summer. Those who still peddle disaster scenarios are by all appearances off the mark. They must re-evaluate their stance and behaviour.
For better or for worse, all other tools for checking the epidemic – especially protracted restrictions on movement and the closure of businesses – have brought fatigue to citizens and societies.
Until the epidemiological situation improves, strict public health restrictions are necessary and we shall once again have to celebrate Easter on the balconies of our homes.
Those who are bearing the brunt of the now raging epidemic have a duty to have all the necessary weapons in their arsenal so as not to lose ground in the battle against the virus.
Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Greece will continue 'steadily and with confidence', the head of the Greek National Vaccination Committee told a televised news conference today.
Once again at a critical juncture in the life of our nation the prevailing environment is one of sterile political rivalries and irrational and often untimely demands.
A disciplined implementation of public health measures against COVID-19 transmission is the only way for a speedy return to normalcy.
Churches, municipalities, charitable networks, and humanitarian organisations have organised structures that are able to channel our charitable aid effectively.
In the region of Kozani, there were 313 active cases. Of these, 49 have been hospitalised and their median age is nearly 53 years-old. Western Attica continues to have an exceptionally heavy viral load.
In an exclusive interview with in.gr, tanea.gr, and tovima.gr, Professor Gkikas Magiorkinis details the major obstacles that arise in the effort to inform an often distrustful public about COVID-19.
We have become indifferent to the fact that behind the numbers and cold data there are human beings with names who leave behind families, loved ones, and careers.
Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) data show there are even 18-year old patients suffering from COVID-19 who are intubated in hospital ICUs.
The national interest mandates unity and prudence in confronting the new virus which continues to plague the population.
'We are living nights of Apocalypse. People are dying torturously and totally alone. We cannot catch up with our patient case load. We are fighting against time,' said one doctor.
Throughout Europe including Greece the COVID-19 pandemic is placing an excessive burden on public health conditions and is necessitating new lockdowns everywhere.
With the images of crowding and laxity in summer vacation resorts experts had no doubt either about the advent of a second wave or about the results of such reckless behaviour.
Greece's National Public Health Organisation (EODY) recorded an additional five deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-to 19 from the beginning of the epidemic
In this new battle against the “invisible enemy”, as the new coronavirus has become known, societies appear worn out and their patience and endurance are being exhausted.