January 21, 2021

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Coronavirus infection rates slowing, but active cases still high: 66.4 pct are in northern Greece

The rate of transmission for the novel coronavirus at large urban centers remains low, University of Athens Medical School professor Gkikas Magiorkinis said on Friday, during the live briefing on the pandemic’s progress in Greece.

Magiorkinis, a member of the experts committee at the Health ministry, warned however that active cases are still extremely high, despite a drop of new infections by 15-20 pct in Athens and 20-22 pct in Thessaloniki. Active cases are the confirmed infections which have yet to complete the 14-day cycle of home isolation.

There is also a slight reduction in new infections among people aged 65 years or more.

A reduction in morbidity numbers continued, he said, although at a slower rate than that of last week. 

Magiorkinis called on the public to be extremely careful, especially residents of towns and villages. “The fact they don’t live in large cities doesn’t mean the virus will not affect them,” he said.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said at the briefing that the number of Greece’s active coronavirus cases is 16,617.

Most of the active cases total – that is, 7,031 cases (42.3 pct) – are located in the Central Macedonia region and 3,267 (19.7 pct) in the Attica region, he noted. In other words, an 86.1 pct of all the active cases are located at 5 of the country’s 13 regions, with a 66.4 pct concentrated in northern Greece, and 17.9 pct in Attica. Thessaly in central Greece accounts for 1,777 of these, or 10.7 pct.

Greece’s regions which continue to present alarming infection figures are Drama, Imathia, Florina, Pella and Pieria, all in northern Greece. 

New restrictions

Hardalias also announced two preventative measures, effective as of 06:00 on Monday: anyone who tests positive at the country’s entry points will be refused entry, and entry to the monastic community of Mt. Athos by anyone who does not live there permanently is forbidden. 

AMNA

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