Athens, the Attica region, and the North Aegean will be removed from the German Foreign Ministry’s list of high-risk coronavirus travel areas as of Sunday, it was announced on Saturday.
This list includes regions that are epidemiologically burdened and travelers are usually warned to avoid these high-risk areas.
However, the German list continues to include Thessaly, as well as central, eastern, and western Macedonia & Thrace, where coronavirus cases exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.
605 new Covid cases
Greece confirmed 605 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, of which four were identified at the country’s entry points, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY).
All cases in Greece total 151,646 of which 5,830 related to travel from abroad and 46,753 to already confirmed cases.
A total of 292 individuals are intubated. Their median age is 68 years, 84.9 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more and 206 of them are men. Another 1,066 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.
EODY also registered 24 new deaths, bringing coronavirus fatalities to 5,622 in total. The median age of all fatalities was 79 years, 95.4 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or above, and 3,315 were men.
Overcrowding in Athens
There were scenes of overcrowding in many shopping areas in Athens on Saturday.
Social media users posted photos from Ermou Street, considered to be the main shopping street in central Athens, where thousands of shoppers gathered.
Most were wearing face masks, but social distancing was apparently not observed.
Καλησπέρα σας. Η σημερινή αυτή εικόνα από την οδό Ερμού δεν είναι κι η καλύτερη δυστυχώς για την αντιμετώπιση της νόσου, που έχει ανατρέψει τα πάντα στη ζωή μας. Πρέπει να προσέχουμε περισσότερο για να σώσουμε τις ζωές των δικών μας και των αγαπημένων μας! pic.twitter.com/fyqIPMjdpj
— Γιαννης Λοβερδος (@YiannisLoverdos) January 23, 2021
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the Kaminia medical center in Athens on Saturday, where coronavirus vaccinations are underway.
The Prime Minister spoke with citizens over the age of 85, who were there for their inoculation appointments, and he was also briefed by medical staff on the progress of the vaccinations program.
Mitsotakis underlined that vaccinations are unfolding according to the government’s careful planning, and as per the prioritizations set by the National Vaccinations Committee. He stressed that at least 140,000 citizens have so far been inoculated.
The number of available vaccines is set by the restrictions imposed by pharmaceutical companies and by the agreements signed by European countries, he noted, “despite the fact that Greece could practically carry out many more vaccinations.”