A total of 880 cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed in Greece on Monday, which represents four fewer than those recorded in the country on Sunday.
Nearly half of the total cases diagnosed in Greece were found in Attica, home to the Greek capital of Athens, where a total of 396 instances of the coronavirus were identified.
Transmission of the virus is particularly high in the center of Athens, where 95 cases of the virus were identified on Monday.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 85 cases of Covid-19 were identified in the last 24 hours.
Tragically, 24 people with the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is just one more than those recorded Sunday.
Currently, 346 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece, a marked increase from the 326 patients undergoing the serious treatment on Sunday.
Pierrakakis: Vaccination certificate will make travel easier
Greece began to issue vaccination certificates, or forms that prove one’s inoculation status, on Friday.
While some view the certificate as a way to discriminate against those who refuse to receive the vaccination, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance, considers the form to be an important step toward returning to normalcy.
“If you have a certificate and you have been vaccinated, you do not need to do a border test,” Pierrakakis stated, referring to the proof of a negative Covid-19 test currently required to enter the country, during an interview with SKAI TV on Monday.
Over 55,000 vaccination certificates issued since Friday
Pierrakakis, who is also a computer scientist, has been leading a massive effort to digitize Greece’s notorious bureaucratic system as Minister of Digital Governance.
He announced that, since the digital vaccination certificates were made available on Friday, over 55,000 have been issued to those who have received both doses of the shot across the country.
Those who have been fully inoculated against the coronavirus are able to acquire the vaccine certification, which comes in virtual or printed form, the day after they receive their second dose.
The certificates feature the vaccinated person’s data, including which shot they received against Covid-19 and when they completed both doses, along with a unique QR code.
Applicants can fill out their information on a digital platform, including their AMKA number and their codes for the government platform TaxisNet, to receive record of their inoculation.
The virtual record of one’s vaccination status is not mandatory.
Total 180,672 coronavirus cases diagnosed in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total 180,672 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 43 are associated with foreign travel and 2,399 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 346 patients intubated currently, 85.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions.
Additionally, a total of 1,280 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 24 new deaths recorded on Monday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 6,321, and 95.7% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.
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