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Schools Open, Greece Sees Slight Bump in Children’s COVID Cases

September 29, 2021

ATHENS – A little more than two weeks after Greece's schools opened during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen cases go up for those under 18, but not markedly, despite worries being in close contract would bring greater outbreaks.

The New Democracy government's advisory team of doctors and scientists studying epidemiological data found that there's more than 5,000 Coronavirus cases in those under 18, with many youth still believing they can't be infected.

Data from the National Public Health Organization (EODY) showed there were fewer cases in the week up to Oct. 26, some 4,309 new diagnoses were recorded in people aged up to 17 out of a total of 15,185, compared to 3,812 in the week of Sept. 13-19 with a total of 15,627 cases, said Kathimerini.

The percentage of cases in this age group was 28.4 percent the previous week of total diagnoses, after being 24.4 percent the previous week, showing a slight jump. Professor of Pediatric infectious diseases Vana Papaevangelou said 1.5 perent of the hospitalizations came in cases involving children.

due to Covid-19 last week were related to children.

Alkiviadis Vatopoulos, Professor of microbiology at the University of West Attica told SKAi TV earlier that while is no large increase in cases in children, it is still early to draw conclusions.

“Schools have been open for two weeks, so in my opinion, the critical time has not yet passed,” he said, as there had been earlier warnings that children could be overwhelmed by the Delta Variant from India.

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