The Greek Health Ministry submitted an amendment to Parliament on Wednesday according to which healthcare professionals will remain on unpaid leave during which they will also lose their social security if they do not get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The mandatory inoculation concerns medical, paramedical, nursing, administrative and support staff in hospitals, as well as private, public and municipal care facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities.
The unpaid leave will last, according to the government, “as long as the pandemic lasts.” The legislation will take effect as of August 16 for workers at nursing homes and from September 1 for healthcare staff.
** That’s a decision that will certainly come back to bite them ↓ ↓ ↓ **
Europe has seen major changes in coronavirus case rates over the last two months. In many areas of Europe covid case rates have dropped sufficiently to allow restrictions to be eased, but there are notable exceptions. The Covid-19 rate in Spain now appears to be as bad, if not worse, than two months ago, and the Netherlands has seen a dramatic increase in numbers recently.
In the case of both Spain and the Netherlands, the rates increased following the decision to unlock their countries too quickly, and in both cases those decisions have had to reversed within weeks. Greece too appears to be seeing a new wave, and these areas now represent the largest threat to Europe’s strategy to keeping infection rates down.
Greece’s daily coronavirus cases passed the 3,000 mark on Tuesday, recording a two-month high, as the country struggles with a new surge in infections. In its bulletin, the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) said it had confirmed 3,109 cases in the past 24 hours, which is the highest number since May 11. EODY said four patients died of Covid-19 with the number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic reaching 12,806. At the same time, there are 133 intubated patients in the Intensive Care Units from 139 on Monday.
The Delta variant still hasn’t made much of an impact in Greece yet. The dominant variant is still the Alpha variant B.1.1.7, with some case of B.1.1.318 being found.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that democratic governments can make vaccinations obligatory, in a landmark judgement rejecting complaints brought by Czech families penalised for refusing compulsory jabs for their children.
“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society'” the court ruled, saying that the Czech health policy was consistent with the “best interests” of children.
Our opinion: ** Is there an easier or quicker way of antagonising parents in the middle of a global viral pandemic than encouraging mandatory vaccinations? We can’t think of one. Expect severe blowback **
“Wheezing, chest or stomach pain, swelling or coldness in an arm or leg, severe headache or worsening or blurred vision after vaccination, persistent bleeding, small multiple bruises, reddish or purplish spots or blisters of blood under the skin” – if you have these symptoms after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca serum seek medical help immediately and report that you have recently been vaccinated.
Laboratory tests conducted by the National Network of Sewage Epidemiology in urban wastewater from March 8-14 show a significant increase in the average viral load [in Greece] over the previous week.
The samples were collected in the greater Athens area, as well as in the cities of Thessaloniki, Larisa, Volos, Iraklio, Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos and Patra.
According to the datat, the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in raw sewage from the Attica basin shot up 87%. The biggest increase was recorded in Chania where the viral load was up by 1000%.
European Medicines Agency (EMA), the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astra-Zeneca can cause severe allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the vaccine citing , the EMA said on Friday, several such cases in the UK.
Greece approved colchicine, an inexpensive medicine for heart diseases, to be included in the protocol of oral treatments for patients with Covid-19.
The committee of experts of the health ministry gave the “green light” after the positive results of a large Canadian study in which Greece participated.
The study showed that the administration of colchicine to Covid-19 patients “reduced mortality by 44%, hospitalization by 25% and the need for intubation by 50%,” professor of cardiology Spyros Deftereos, who coordinated the study in Greece told Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA).
There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.
The new coronavirus has been found in mink at two farms in northern Greece, an agriculture ministry official said on Friday.
The strain found in the mink had not mutated from that found in humans, the official said.
The breeder at one of the farms, in the northerly Kozani region, also tested positive for the virus, and tests were being conducted on workers. A cull of the 2,500 mink at that farm was due to begin shortly.
Only part of the European Union population can be inoculated against the new coronavirus before 2022, EU officials said in an internal meeting, as the vaccines the bloc is securing may not prove effective or may not be manufactured in sufficient doses
Greek confirmed coronavirus infections soared to 865 on Wednesday, from 667 on Tuesday, reflecting the concern of authorities recently about several cluster outbreaks in Greece, especially the north.
The National Public Health Organization (EODY) said that of the 865, 82 were linked to known clusters and 44 were identified at entry points to Greece. The confirmed pandemic cases in Greece total 27,334 since late February, with 3,672 of these related to travel abroad and 10,802 to already confirmed cases.
In addition, 86 patients are intubated in hospitals. Their median age is 66 years, 91.9 percent have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or above, and 28 of them are women. Since the start of the pandemic in Greece, 265 patients have been discharged from ICUs.
Greece registered a record-breaking 667 new confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Tuesday, with 88 people linked to known clusters and 45 detected at the country’s entry points.
The National Public Health Organization announced that all cases since the pandemic arrived in Greece in late February total 26,469 of whom 3,613 are believed to be related to travel abroad and 10,539 to previously known cases.
A total of 87 people are intubated. Their median age is 66 years, 93.1 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more, and 27 of them are women.