Covid-19: The “red” zones of Greece – what the experts say about the increase of cases

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The first day of August brought concern to Greece, as a record number of cases was announced, which we had to hear from March.

In particular, EODY announced 110 new cases -most in Kavala and Thessaloniki – one day after the strengthening of the new measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

It is worth noting that in the week of July 24 to 31 the following cases of coronavirus were announced:

Attica: 108

Thessaloniki: 57

Kavala: 20

Yesterday, August 1st, they were announced:

19 in Attica (127 in the last 8 days)

23 in Kavala (43 in the last 8 days)

37 in Thessaloniki (94 in the last 8 days)

The latest figures, which are related to the well-known wedding in Thessaloniki, but also to the employees of the meat processing unit in Kavala, show that a worrying situation is developing in Northern Greece.

On the other hand, Xanthi, which was the “epicenter” of the coronavirus in the previous period, recorded only 63 cases throughout July, while yesterday it did not “give” any new cases.

The measures being considered by the government

The increase of cases but also the relative relaxation that does not say to stop have as a result to be on the table stricter measures, which may be implemented from a week.

In particular, all the scenarios are on the government’s table, even those of the resumption of SMS and local lockdown, as reported by in.gr, while from Monday there will be three teleconferences on the developments with the coronavirus, under the Kyriako Mitsotaki. In fact, it is not ruled out that next Monday the prime minister will address a message to the Greek people.

According to the president of the Panhellenic Medical Association, Athanasios Six Finger, the growing trend of cases will not stop so simply. “Be prepared to have similar numbers in the next two weeks,” he said, expressing hope that his prediction would be denied.

Speaking in the evening bulletin of ERT, Mr. Exadaktylos noted that “if the numbers do not cause concern then we already have a very serious problem” and that “we must comply with the measures. To change our behavior, to be careful and consistent, without waiting for the fines, or on Monday so that we do not crowd in the bars “.

If the population follows the measures, he added, then “after August 15 we may see a decline in numbers.” Nevertheless, the president of the Panhellenic Medical Association estimated that “at the moment it seems that we are at the beginning of a second wave”, something that some models for August showed. Concluding, Mr. Exadaktylos said that “summer is now behind us. “Autumn is ahead and it has difficulties” referring to the opening of schools, but also to colds and flu.

For his part, the professor of infectious diseases Nikos Sypsas He told SKAI that we are in what we call a “red alert”. We are one step ahead of calling the situation a second wave of epidemics in Greece. ”

Mr. Sypsas stressed that “now is the time for a great consensus. We are not allowed to relax, we are not allowed to think that the problem is over “, he added, explaining that if this situation continues in the second wave, we will have hundreds of cases of coronavirus every day.

Mosialos: The implementation of the measures will reduce the dispersion

The professor made his own comment after the alarming announcements of EODY about the cases of coronavirus in Greece Elias Mosialos. Mr. Mosialos initially stressed:

“110 new cases today. 9 only at the entrance gates of the country. It was expected, however, with so much relaxation that it prevailed after the de-escalation of the measures and why more tests are now being done. The good news is the very small number of people admitted to the ICU. It seems that the elderly and those who belong to vulnerable groups are careful. “But if the number of cases increases much more, it will be easier to spread to vulnerable groups.”

The experienced professor pointed out that from his side “I did not stop emphasizing the importance of observing the measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Especially after the de-escalation of the measures when many thought that we got rid of the virus. I stressed the importance of using a mask in the right way (not on the chin as some people usually do). And I was systematically informed about the adverse health and medical effects, even though we had a small number of cases. The virus has not disappeared and its effects are still significant in many countries (USA, Brazil, India). ”

Concluding, Elias Mosialos recommended:

“There is no need for panic but a systematic effort to implement the measures by everyone (and especially by public figures) and always in a horizontal way and without exceptions. The implementation of the measures will significantly reduce the spread of the virus and will protect our health and our economy. “We can not stand a second lockdown and we can easily prevent it with the systematic effort of the state and citizens.”

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