Local authorities describe the pandemic situation on the island of Lesvos as “extremely bad” as about 70 cases of coronavirus infections are being confirmed every day.”There are thoughts of a mini lockdown,” says the vice governor of the island in the eastern Aegean Sea.
Particularly affected are teachers and students in schools with the effect that many parents are afraid to send their children to schools. At the same time, the anti-vaccination movement on the island is growing.
“We have an increase in cases in the students community. 13 children have fallen ill in primary schools, another 13 in secondary schools, and one child has been found positive in kindergarten, while 3 teachers have also fallen ill with the coronavirus” vice governor of Lesvos Panagos Koutelos told Mega TV on Wednesday morning.
“A total of around 500-570 people per week fall ill with coronavirus,” Koutelos stressed adding, however, that the hospitalization rate was low.
Pointing out at the low vaccination rate of 50%-55% due to a high number of anti-vaxxers on the island, the vice governor said that the fear of the Omicron variant is increasingly sending people to vaccination centers.
So far, the general hospital of Lesvos is coping with the situation, he said but he also revealed that local authorities are in contact with the national health amortization EODY for a possible mini lockdown.
“A mini lockdown is being examined, we are in contact with EODY. Everything is open,” Koutelos stressed.
Mid-autumn the Greek government stopped imposing mini lockdowns in local communities with high rates of coronavirus infections.