x

Politics

Peloni: Epidemiological Situation in Greece Remains Extremely Serious

ATHENS — The epidemiological situation in Greece remains extremely serious, government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni underlined while opening the online press briefing on Monday.

"Last week there was a rise in new infections both in Attica and in most regional units of the country. It was also apparent that there was a small drop in the percentage of new cases among people aged over 75 years old, something that is obviously linked with the vaccination coverage of these ages, and that the new cases are mainly among people people between 20 to 60 years old, who move about more," she explained.

For this reason, Peloni added, a decision was made to impose additional measures to restrict people's movements and slow down the third wave of the pandemic, but while the spread of the virus occurred at great speed, de-escalation required time and sacrifices.

"It appears that the effort is becoming more and more difficult in this phase, due to people's fatigue and the variants that in total now make up 60-70 pct of new cases in Attica, while in Crete they are close to 90 percent".

Referring to the vaccine rollout, she underlined that over 1 million vaccinations have been performed, while some people have also received the second dose, and that, by the end of March, one million citizens will have been fully vaccinated. She also said that the vaccination appointment platform for at-risk groups among younger ages is expected to open in March.

At the same time, Peloni said, larger deliveries of vaccines are expected in Greece in April, so that by the end of that month all Greeks over 60 will have received the first shot of the vaccine.

She also said it was "extremely positive" that the process for establishing a European Vaccination Certificate – a proposal first put forward by the Greek prime minister – has been launched.

Finally, referring to the economy, Peloni underlined that "the government continues the reforms that will pave the way for a strong growth after the end of the pandemic. It is, of course, a fact that the recession in Greece was deep. However, according to provisional figures by the Independent Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), the recession is calculated to be 8.2 pct of GDP instead of the two-figure percentage that was forecast." Also, she added, Greece will not be the recession "champion", as some had predicted.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece’s major opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Stefanos Kasselakis said if the party teams up with the fracturing center-left PASOK-KINAL that he wants to be its leader in a merger of Leftist forces.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Wellness, Longevity, Gastronomy at Navarino Challenge 2024

ATHENS – The sports tourism and wellness event Navarino Challenge returns for its 12th year, October 18-20 at Costa Navarino and Pylos.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s top court declined Tuesday to hear Donald Trump’s gag order appeal, leaving the restrictions in place following his felony conviction last month.

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Justin Timberlake was arrested early Tuesday and is accused of driving while intoxicated on New York’s Long Island, authorities said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.