This is the second week that the COVID-19 cases are dropping and the number of patients on ventilators remains stable, much lower from the number which could put pressure to the National Health System, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said on Monday.
Speaking to ANT1 TV, the minister said that “many people are being treated in hospitals.
On the increased number of deaths, Plevris said that “any person that is admitted to hospital with a stroke or heart attack and has been found positive with COVID-19 at the same time, if the patient dies the case will be registered as death from COVID.”
Plevris said that a surge in COVID-19 cases is expected in autumn noting that now there are ‘weapons’.
“We have better therapeutic protocols, we have the antivirus medicines and a very good vaccination coverage of the population,” he stressed.
Referring to the updated vaccines he said there are two stages: “the first is that the companies are close to the vaccine linked with the omicron variant and a bit far from the vaccine that in connected with the variant we have now, the 4 and 5. What we say is because the vaccine is protecting from serious illness, the vulnerable groups should be vaccinated.”
Plevris did not reveal the number of infections, deaths and intubated Covid-patients in ICUs as this is scheduled to be officially announced tomorrow Tuesday, August 2, by the National Health Care Organization EODY.
PS Several health experts have been urging the government to mandate face masks in indoor spaces again, in the last 2-3 weeks, but the government does not want to spoil the tourists’ fun.
Based on Plevris’ statement, it’s interesting to know after 2.5 years, the Covid-19 does not kill you, after all. It only leaves you as cripple due to Long Covid, for which Greece has no care strategy.
It’s pure luck we are still alive with these health policies…