The restrictions of travel between prefectures over Orthodox Easter (May 2) holidays will protect islands and villages from coronavirus infections, professor Vana Papaevangelou said during the live Friday briefing on the pandemic, ANA reports.
She also noted that people should wear double masks at church services and self-test before joining the family at the Easter table.
Papaevangelou also called high-risk and older age groups to become vaccinated as soon as possible. Nearly 65 pct of older people have either received the first of two doses or have set appointments set. But most ICU patients are younger; in addition, one in four is over 75 years old and not vaccinated.
The partial reopening of retail (with appointments ahead of time) and schools (with self-tests) has proven successful, she noted, while the active infections nationally have dropped to an assessment of 25,000.
“We are in a particularly fragile balance, and any relaxation right now, when the virus is everywhere, will push infections higher right away,” she said, noting that the occupancy of ICU beds is very high: 87 pct nationally, 89 pct in Attica Region, and 95 pct in Thessaloniki Region.
Speaking at the briefing also, epidemiologist and experts committee member Gkikas Magiorkinis said that the active infection rate is marginally lower, but the National Health System remains under huge pressure. He also stressed the high accuracy of the self-tests, of up to 80 pct.
Magiorkinis also commented that an Indian variation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus found in Greece has not been classified as a dangerous mutation so far, but trace contacting and isolation have been carried out preventatively.
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