Winter is here and as meteorologists claim we are expecting a wave of low temperatures. The pandemic shows its teeth, 6.801 cases were announced on 11/11/2021 and a hot verbal incident between the Greek Prime Minister and a Dutch journalist took place in the press conference held after the visit of The Dutch Prime Minister in Greece
The spreading of coronavirus has considerably increased and the National Public Health Organization (NPHO) has announced a new negative record of cases (6.808 on 4/11). Thus, the government announced new measures for people who have not been vaccinated and on 5/11 they opened the platform for the 3rd dose for people 18+ who have been vaccinated with the Johnson vaccine. England on the other hand, authorized the use of a new drug developed by Merck and hopefully, we soon expect it in Greece.
Wednesday (27/11) was declared a national mourning day for the death of Fofi Gennimata (MP and leader of the center-left Movement for Change/KINAL). On Thursday, the National holiday, 28 October anniversary, was celebrated under sunny weather but without student parades due to pandemic. The covid-19 cases seem to follow an upcoming trend with Thessaloniki surpassing the cases of Attica. As for our everyday life habits, the small restricted traffic ring is back in Athens and while we were waiting for the summer time to remain unchanged throughout the year, winter is here and we still have to turn our clocks back an hour.
The 4th wave of the pandemic has started and the increase in cases and admissions to the hospitals is evident. With a brave and touching statement both Dora Bakogianni (MP) and Fofi Gennimata (MP and leader of the center-left party-KINAL), announced their cancer-related health problems. On the other hand, SYRIZA announces it congress and George Papandreou (ex-PM) his participation in the electoral race amongst six candidates for the party leader position of KINAL.
The heatwave leaves the country and Greeks start their vacation planning. However, as delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to present a negative PCR or rapid test so as to travel. Meanwhile, the government for increasing the pace of the vaccination, offers to young adults up to 25 a 150€ free voucher to spend on transportation or/and entertainment.
On 28/4 the new covid cases rose up to 2.781, the first-shot vaccinations up to 2.137.872, the willingness of the age group 30-39 to vaccinate was truly encouraging and finally only 38% of the Greeks said that they will go to church on Saturday night.