Greece’s health authorities updated right on time before Easter the COVID-MAP tracking the course of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The epidemiological map features the confirmed Covid-19 cases at the level of each Region and especially for the islands at Municipality level.
Authorities note that the general epidemic trend is “decreasing” even though some regions were placed on the highest Level 5, marked with “deep red.”
Compared to the COVID-MAP a week ago, the regional unit of Xanthi, in north-eastern Greece, the islands of Ithaki, Mykonos and Kea as well as the municipality of Troizinia located in West Peloponnese. Interestingly, though, Troizinia has an “increasing” epidemic trend.
To compare with the COVID-MAP of April 7:
The four-level preparedness map corresponds to 5 colors (dark red, red, orange, yellow and green) based on epidemiological indicators used by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Interactive COVID-MAP in English here
The purpose of the epidemiological map is to inform Greeks and visitors to our country, as well as to link preparedness levels with public health measures.
The map is updated on a weekly basis by the team of epidemiologists of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with EODY and the Ministry of Civil Protection, taking into account the following epidemiological indicators:
• 7-day moving average of cases per 100,000 inhabitants
• 14-day number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants
• Control positivity index
• Weekly percentage change of cases
• Number of active cases
• Age distribution of cases
• Weekly number of new hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants
• Weekly number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
• Vaccination coverage rate
• Active case reproduction rate (Rt)
• Health system occupancy
• Contact tracking analysis
• Mutation analysis
The data and the corresponding colors on updated Covid-MAP on April 12 create a bit of confusion as some islands such a Rhodes is at Level 5 even though it has a positivity rate of 2.% and the trend is “stable.”
Nevertheless, the government is eager to welcome millions of tourists this summer to help with the economic recovery and for this purpose it “temporarily suspends” as it says characteristically coronavirus protection measures such as the Covid-Pass and the use of masks indoors until August 31 when the measures will be reviewed again.
Daily coronavirus cases have been ranging between 8,000 and 15,000 in the last ten days, but the number of deaths remains high.
Health authorities announced on Thursday, 9,308 new coronavirus cases, 57 deaths and 334 patients in ICUs across the country.