Greece on Friday gave an update to its Covid-19 risk-assessment map following the drop in the viral load in a number of the country’s regional units.
Speaking during a Covid-19 media briefing, Greek Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias informed that the level of risk for 24 regional units has changed with 16 moving from “orange” (level 3) to “yellow” (level 2) status and 8 moving from “yellow” (level 2) to “green” (level 1 – the best level on the map).
More specifically, the following regional units are now “yellow” on the map: northern sector of Athens, Viotia, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Grevena, Achaia, Rethymno, Evia, Etoloakarnania, Tinos, Lesvos, Kilkis, Heraklion, Syros, Andros and Kalymnos.
The areas on the map that have gone to “green” status are: the regional units of Preveza, Samos, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Evritania, Thassos, Lemnos and Milos.
Commenting on the viral load showing signs of decrease or stability in areas, Hardalias said that “it is not over” although it is encouraging.
“Let’s not let our guard down… The virus is still out there, it is among us, and the relatively good situation does not negate the need to remain vigilant and adhere to the measures. We have not left the pandemic behind us yet,” he said, underlining that new cases have been recorded, citizens are still hospitalized and others have lose their lives.
Kos goes ‘orange’
The deputy minister added that a small increase in the viral load has been observed in the regional unit of Kos, which has moved to “orange” status (from “yellow”) on the map.
Hardalias called for a strict adherence to health and safety measures and advised residents of the island to be especially careful so that there is no further spread of the virus in the community.
“We must continue to adhere to the measures until the wall of immunity is completed, a wall that we all build together, especially with our vaccination program Freedom,” he added.
Greece’s risk-assessment map map operates with a four-tiered traffic light monitoring system and categorises Greece’s regions and municipalities as green, yellow, orange or red, on the basis of the risk levels associated with Covid-19. The color-coded map can be found here in English.
Papaevaggelou: Greece still has 9,500 active cases
On her part, Vana Papaevaggelou, infectious diseases specialist and member of the Covid-19 health committee, said that although the spread of the virus is slowly and steadily decreasing, there are still 9,500 active cases in Greece.
She stressed that although many Greek regional units are “green”, there are still areas that are in “orange” status – Attica, Magnesia, Florina, Larissa, Kos, Naxos and Corfu.
“Although the epidemiological situation as a whole is very satisfactory, there are some areas where efforts need to continue to keep the situation under control,” Papaevaggelou said.
Underling the importance of vaccination against Covid-19, Papaevaggelou said that 98 percent of deaths in Greece in the past week were those who had not completed their vaccinations.
Greek health authorities on Friday announced 791 new coronavirus cases, with the Region of Attica accounting for 400 and Thessaloniki for 84.
The number of deaths from Covid-19 dropped to 11 on Friday.
Since the start of the pandemic, the total number of cases in the country has reached 413,954 with the death toll now at 12,381.