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Papaevangelou: New COVID Infections Likely to Rise When Schools Reopen

September 9, 2021

ATHENS — A clear stabilization of the pandemic and a reduction in new infections are observed over the last 15 days, but the number of intubations and deaths remains high, said children's infectious diseases specialist and Health Ministry coronavirus committee member Vana Papaevangelou at Thursday's regular live briefing.

Self-tests, she noted, help to detect 30% of new infections, and she added that the average age of all current infections is 35 years, with a steady increase in new cases over the age of 65. There is no increase in new cases in big cities, she added.

An increase in fresh infections is expected with the opening of schools next Monday, she noted. It is a positive sign, however, that 1 in 4 upper high school children has been vaccinated with one dose of a vaccine. Students and teachers who have not been vaccinated will be monitored with 2 tests per week, she said.

Newly appointed Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga was also present at Thursday's briefing, who urged all citizens to get inoculated.

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