8.30 a.m., December 31, 2021
In Greece the The number of corona infections last increased sixfold within a week. She is responsible Omicron variantwhich, according to experts, is now spreading particularly in the greater Athens area. The opposition foams and throws the conservative head of government Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Nea Dimokratia / ND) failure. Although the rapid spread of the Omikron variant was foreseeable, the government did not take any precautionary measures.
The left-wing populist SYRIZA boss Alexis Tsipras declared that Mitsotakis had “the path of arrogance and authoritarianism, social and political division and denial of realityThere have been scientific studies that Omikron will “gallop out” on the Christmas holidays and around New Year’s Eve, said the former Prime Minister.
Nevertheless, the conservative government did not react or only reacted erratically, also because it did did not want to spend on the health care of the citizens, so Syriza. The inactivity of the Mitsotakis cabinet is a “criminal irresponsibility”. The only solution that could offer a way out of the existing impasse is therefore political change. Tsipras: “It’s a matter of life and death!”
Finally, wise Greece in comparison twice as many corona cases as the EU average since mid-November, criticized the SYRIZA boss. The Greek health authority had registered 35,580 new corona infections from Wednesday to Thursday. That was almost six times as many new cases as last Thursday (6,667).
The government then tightened the corona measures for the country with its around eleven million inhabitants. Among other things, the gastronomy must now close at midnight at least on January 17th and limit the number of places. There is an exception until 2 a.m. for New Year’s Eve. In addition, FFP2 masks must be worn in supermarkets, public transport and other public spaces.
Queues in front of test centers
The concern of the population about Omikron is also noticeable in everyday life. In Athens and other cities and places, long lines form in front of centers that offer rapid Covid tests.
Highest Covid death rate
Greece currently has one of the highest Covid death rates in Europe. According to Our World in Data, the Covid death rate in Greece on December 19 was 8.86 per million. This is the second highest rate in the euro zone after Slovakia – almost twice the average death rate in Europe (4.91).
Critic: “EU is to blame”
But critics also blame the EU indirectly for the catastrophic conditions. The enormous catastrophe that the virus has wreaked in Greece is the direct result of the austerity measures that have been imposed on all Greek governments, including those of SYRIZA, at the behest of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund since 2010, criticize NGOs.
the Total expenditure for the Greek health system fell from 9.52 percent of GDP in 2010, when the first austerity package was signed, to 7.72 percent in 2018. According to an OECD report from 2020, Greece had over in 2019, shortly before the start of the pandemic 5,3 Intensivbetten per 100,000 inhabitants and was thus well below the EU average of 12.9 beds.
South Korea extends measures
South Korea is extending the stricter regulations that have been in force since mid-December to combat the Omikron variant until January 16. Accordingly, no more than four vaccinated people are allowed to meet, restaurants and bars must close at 9 p.m., cinemas at 10 p.m. In South Korea, almost 91 percent of residents over the age of twelve are vaccinated.
4875 new corona infections were reported on Thursday, a sharp decrease in a two-week comparison. However, the number of seriously ill Covid patients remains at 1000.