Coronation: Εκτάκτως μεταβαίνει στη Θεσσαλονίκη ο Υφυπουργός Πολιτικής Προστασίας και Διαχείρισης Κρίσεων, Νίκος Χαρδαλιάς και ο Πρόεδρος του ΕΟΔΥ, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, following detection of the strain of the South African coronavirus mutation in the area.
Η μετάβαση του Υφυπουργού και του Προέδρου του ΕΟΔΥ κρίθηκε απαραίτητη σε συνέχεια τηλεδιάσκεψης που πραγματοποιήθηκε νωρίτερα σήμερα με συμμετοχή του Sotiri Tsiodra και επιδημιολόγων για την αξιολόγηση της κατάστασης.
The anxiety to prevent a recurrence of the two months November-December, this time not in Thessaloniki but in Attica, as well as the bleak picture from the rest of Europe led experts and the government to put the brakes on lifting the measures again.
Given that the basin in the last week gives strong signs of an increase in cases and consequently the other indicators, the "setback" that took place in the retail trade and the "freezing" of the reopening of the Lyceums seemed like a one-way street for Attica.
The last week shows in the most emphatic way the unstable pace of the epidemic, which brings upheavals even from one week to the next. Since last Friday, scientists have been observing an upward trend in Attica as well as in several other areas of the country., trend that began to be clearly reflected in last Tuesday's epidemiological report, when after almost two weeks with constant daily cases below 700, the new diagnoses have surpassed 800. The next days, with a little "breath" on Thursday and almost culminating 1.000 incidents on Friday, confirmed the worst fears of experts. The fragile balance shows that the country will follow the "accordion" model - the measures will be tightened when the epidemiological data deteriorate and will relax when the epidemiological curve falls- until April when there will be a boost to more mass vaccinations and the weather will have "softened".
According to the scientific community, an exponential increase in Attica will be much worse than in Thessaloniki in the fall, for this and they rush to prevent it with measures. "If it comes to cover 110% of ICUs in Attica, means that the rest of Greece will be at… 120% ", points out to the Free Press on Sunday the president of the Panhellenic Medical Association (ΠΙΣ) and a member of the Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, Athanasios Exadaktylos. This collapse of the Health System in the event of a very large outbreak of the epidemic wave in the basin is explained by the fact that Attica can not be relied on elsewhere as it is the one that supports other areas. For example, the epidemiological burden of Achaia or some other nearby area is considered more easily manageable, as the increased needs for hospitalization are addressed in the hospitals of Attica.
Until Friday there was availability both in the single beds and in the ICUs of Attica: 61% the completeness of Covid ICUs and 43% of simple beds, according to the latest official figures presented in Friday's update. Having, Nevertheless, the whole region is on an increasing "trajectory" and given that scientists are well aware that the coverage of the NSS in periods of growth is faster than the decongestion in periods of recession, strict measures were deemed necessary. It is reminded that from tomorrow the retail trade for Attica and nine more "red" areas returns to the solution of click away, with specific exceptions, such as clothing stores, footwear and jewelry. also, the reopening of the Gymnasiums begins, with the Lyceums remaining in distance education until the epidemiological data allow it.
Which, Nevertheless, are those elements that led to a signal of danger for the basin; "There is an increase in cases in all areas of Attica. The mutated strain that concerns us is circulating and there is a steady upward trend in the occupation of simple beds and ICUs ", explains Mr.. Six fingers.
In relation to the latter, It is worth mentioning that on 20 January new imports throughout Greece amounted to 100, of which the 35 were made in the hospitals of the 1st and 2nd Health District, that is, the whole of Attica. This week, the balance changed significantly. Indicatively and according to information, from the 150 Tuesday's imports 77 was in the hospitals of Attica, while on Wednesday 27 January new imports amounted to 135, of which the 73 in Attica.
The weather parameter is very important according to the experts and it seems that the winter months contribute to the increase of cases. The professor of Pediatrics, Valve Papaevangelou, was clear on Friday, that "winter weather is 'food' for the epidemic" and "now is the time for prevention". He added, that February is the most critical month, with efforts to intensify not to eliminate the epidemic wave but to "mitigate the increase in the curve", as he characteristically said.
Mutations are the second unbalanced factor that experts are forced to calculate in the next period. The cases of the mutant strain, identified in the United Kingdom, amounted to Friday at 66, however a large number of samples are under consideration and additional confirmed cases are likely to be reported today. "It's safe to assume that the mutant strain is everywhere.", stressed Ms.. Papaevangelou.