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Greek Prosecutor Probing Claims Inaccurate COVID-19 Data Reported

Αssociated Press

A medical staff of the National Health Organization (EODY) conducts a test for the coronavirus in central Athens, on Monday. Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS – Media reports that Greece's National Health Organisation (EODY) published and kept inaccurate data on the COVID-19 pandemic that tracks the number of cases, deaths and people in Intensive Care Units (ICU's) will be looked into by the head of the Athens Prosecutor's Office, Sotiria Papageorgakopoulou.

She ordered a preliminary investigation into the reports in the newspapers To Vima and Demokratia that EODY was giving the New Democracy government and its panel of scientific and medical experts incomplete information.

The reports also claimed EODY was keeping two parallel lists of new infections which led in inaccurate reporting on the virus which gave the government and experts incomplete information as a second lockdown was ordered Nov. 7.

The inquiry has been assigned to the head of Criminal Prosecution, Nikos Ornerakis, who will investigate these claims, said Kathimerini, as rival parties also jumped on the report to criticize the government.

Speaking at the daily briefing on the developments with the pandemic, the head of EODY Panagiotis Arkoumaneas said the reports were “unacceptable and malicious,” arguing that “there is only one registration system for COVID-19 patients,” and not a second accounting.

Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said the reports were “completely unjust and unfounded,” and rejected the claims that relations between Civil Protection and EODY are strained.