The delta variant of the coronavirus is likely responsible for the huge increase in daily cases in Greece on Tuesday.
The Organization for Public Health announced that there was an astronomical rise in cases on Tuesday, with 1,797 new cases of the coronavirus diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
The Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, will speak to the Greek public at 7:00 PM about the huge rise in cases.
Epidemiologist Tsiodras predicted rise in cases
Epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras, who famously led the country through the worst of the pandemic, reportedly expressed his concern at increased case numbers in Attica, Crete, and the southern Aegean to Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday.
The epidemiologist seems to have predicted the huge rise in cases that the country would face the next day, Tuesday.
According to data, last week, cases of the coronavirus rose by 75% compared to the week before.
Mitsotakis himself warned that the Delta variant was already present in Greece, and could cause a significant surge in cases amongst those who have not yet received the vaccine.
“The Delta variant has already been identified in our country… we have already seen its presence, for example in Crete.”
“All those who are still unvaccinated, especially the most at-risk citizens, are at a greater risk to be infected and become very ill,” Mitsotakis stated Monday.
Delta coronavirus variant causes huge rise in cases in Greece
Greece recorded 1,797 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, which marks 996 more instances of the virus than the 801 cases that had been recorded on Monday.
Just eight of Tuesday’s total cases was identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 168 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is five fewer than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Sunday.
Tragically, eight people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period.
1,026 cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Attica alone; 62 in Thessaloniki
Of the 1,797 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,026 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
In the city of Athens, a total of 651 cases of Covid-19 were identified Tuesday.
Vaccines protect against Delta coronavirus variant
Dr. Anand Swaminathan, an ER physician in New Jersey, told interviewers from Yahoo Finance: “We don’t know enough about it yet to know how concerned we should be. At this point, what we know is that our vaccines are effective against the Delta variant.
“If you have two doses against one of the mRNA-based vaccines, we know you’re highly protected against Delta. What this tells us is that that this variant will continue to mutate, which means that unchecked spread in the US will lead to other problems.
“There’s the immediate threat of Delta itself, and then there’s the down the line threat of it mutating into something that may possibly be able to evade our vaccines. But at this point we don’t know enough to become too worried about vaccine evasion.”