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Greek health experts hold meeting on Covid-19 mutations

Greece’s health officials are meeting Friday noon to discuss the issue of the new coronavirus mutations. The meeting chaired by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias is attended by the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Biomedical Research of the Academy (IIBEAA), the president of National Public Health Organization (EODY) and epidemiology experts.

The meeting takes place as mutation strains have been detected in 26 infected persons. While 24 came to Greece from abroad, two of the cases had neither traveled abroad nor had contract with travelers.
The mutations issues were discussed also at the European Council Summit per video conference on Thursday.

According to reuters, the Europe’s disease surveillance agency ECDC warned on Thursday that three mutant variants of the coronavirus that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil pose a high risk in Europe and will lead to more Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

The variants, which contain mutations or changes to parts of the Covid-19-causing coronavirus that scientists say make them more transmissible, have already been detected in many countries in Europe and will likely continue to do so, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a risk assessment.

According to Greek media, a mechanism is planned for a better surveillance of the situation.

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