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Greece’s Coronavirus Predictions Show Worsening Epidemiological Picture

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Greece is likely to be facing upwards of 4,000 daily cases of the coronavirus by August according to current predictions. Credit: Greek Government

Experts warned the public on Friday that predictions of how the coronavirus will develop in Greece over the next couple months are very worrying.

The most optimistic forecast for the month of August shows that Greece will diagnose 3,000 new cases of the coronavirus daily.

Greece’s coronavirus predictions are concerning

A professor of pulmonology, Nikos Tzanakis, appeared on SKAI TV on Friday to warn the public of the likelihood that coronavirus cases will continue to rise sharply through August and the coming months.

“In August we may have 3,000 cases of coronavirus per day in the most favorable scenario, 4,000 cases is the most probable — but there is even the possibility of 6,000 cases a day in the worst case scenario,” Tzanakis outlined, showing the full range of predictions for the development of the coronavirus in Greece.

“Almost everyone who is unvaccinated will catch the coronavirus. It is mathematically certain that a child who returns from summer camp will infect all of the relatives it comes in contact with in a matter of minutes,” continued the professor, illustrating how severe the situation is and the increased transmissibility of the delta variant of the virus.

“In order for summer camps to function safely, they must be turned into social bubbles, health measures must be tightened and visits must be completely banned,” Tzanakis said of the popular children’s pastime.

He continued by analyzing why it is so important that summer camps do not receive any visitors. According to pulmonologist, if a single asymptomatic adult visits and gives coronavirus to their child, 100 more children will likely come down with the virus.

This concept of a “social bubble” can and should also be applied to adult activities over the summer, said Tzanakis.

If an individual visits an island and stays with their friend group, it is unlikely that they will catch the coronavirus according to the expert. By sticking to a “social bubble,” and not going large parties, people can stay safe from the virus while still having fun.

The fact that Greece’s coronavirus predictions are so disheartening is likely due to the delta variant and the country’s vaccination campaign, which is slowing down despite new incentives being introduced for young people to get the vaccine.

2,327 new cases of the coronavirus recorded on Saturday

Greece’s daily cases of Covid-19 remained elevated on Saturday, as 2,327 total cases were recorded across the country.

The current figure marks 330 more instances of the virus than the 1,997 cases that had been recorded on Friday.

Just six of Friday’s total cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 142 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is one more than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Friday.

Tragically, two people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is ten fewer people than those who died due to the virus on Friday.

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