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Greece’s regions with highest positivity rate as Delta variant prevails

At a time when the government is chasing unvaccinated workers in public and private sector, the coronavirus is sweeping across the country and especially in touristic areas. High positivity rates are a cause of concern as the number of intubations and hospital admissions increase and many holiday-makers are returning to urban centers of the country.

According to the latest official data, the Delta variant is spreading rapidly. According to latest official data by EODY:

  • 1,760 samples out of 1,883 with Variants of Concern (VOC) were confirmed to be of the Delta variant.

At the same time, the positivity rate index has rang the alarm bells in 13 regions, most of which are popular tourist destinations for Greeks and foreigners alike.

The problem reportedly seems to be bigger on the islands of Naxos, Ikaria, Mykonos and Andros as well as the regional units of Ilia and Messinia in southern Peloponnese.

Regions and islands with the highest percentage of positivity rate: 11 at “alarm level” and another 7 following closely.

  • Naxos 7.70%
  • Ikaria 6.90%
  • Ilia 6.51%
  • Andros 5.36%
  • Kavala 4.89%
  • Messinia 4.80%
  • Ithaki 4.78%
  • Mykonos 4.73%
  • Thesprotia 4.42%
  • Islands Saronic Gulf 4.19%
  • Kalymnos 4.12%

Note that positivity rate becomes “crucial” when is over 4 percent.

  • Tinos 3.91%
  • Rethymno 3.90%
  • Rhodes 3.88%
  • Milos 3.8%
  • Kozani 3.7%
  • Achaia 3.57%
  • Karpathos 3.5%

As expected, epidemiologists are closely monitoring the development of the pandemic in these areas and mini-lockdown is not ruled out, reports cnngreece. It should be recalled that three regional units on Crete (Chania, Heraklio, Rethymno) and Messinia in South Peloponnese are in restrictions regime.

EODY Data August 16-22, 2021, released Aug 26:

Covid-19 Variants (analytically here in Greek)

More on coronavirus in Greece here.



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  1. Can anyone explain why Chania and Heraklion still have a mini-lock-down, and the listed Islands, with exception of Rethimno aren’t?

  2. I thought the islands were supposedly Covid free with 100 per cent vaccinations.

    • Yes, I keep recalling when the Greek tourism minister went to the UK to say that the islands should be “green,” not “amber.” in order to facilitate tourism to the islands.

      Guess all those mandatory self tests to the islands didn’t quite work.!