Greek officials may be ordering a new round of measures to address a recent spike in Covid-19 cases, particularly in Northern Greece, where a large part of the population is still unvaccinated.
According to public health data, Greece is now recording the highest daily Covid-19 infection rates since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and the largest number of daily deaths in the last five months.
Government ministers and regional authorities met today in view of the number of coronavirus cases which exceeded 4,000 over the weekend as well as an increase in the number of deaths, ICU admissions, and hospitalizations, which experts say, has doubled.
Epidemiologists are forecasting that Covid cases will reach 5,000 in the coming days.
Announcements are expected by Wednesday, after a Covid-19 committee meeting and may include tougher controls at restaurants, bars and clubs. Authorities are also examining the possibility of increasing the number of on-the-spot inspections to ensure vaccination certificates are being requested and that establishments are following ministry guidelines, including operating as mixed or vaccinated-only.
According to media reports, other measures may include requesting an additional rapid test (instead of one) for unvaccinated employees, which they will have to pay for.
At the same time, the government is set on boosting its vaccination awareness-raising drive, which may even include sending text messages to the unvaccinated, in efforts to convince more Greeks to get the jab.
To cover the increasing public health system needs, the government is also considering introducing incentives to bring more private doctors on board.
On Monday, Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) reported 5,449 new Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths.