Pandemic: Great concern for the… “orange” islands

The rapid spread of the coronavirus in Greece - and especially on the islands - during the summer has proven a "migraine", at a time when people are preparing for the big holiday season of August and while the cases of the Delta mutation are increasing alarmingly.

Attention is focused on Ios, Paros, Santorini, Milos, Chania, Rethymno, and Heraklion, where infections remain high. According to Thursday's data, an increasing trend is recorded in Paros, Santorini, and Milos, while stabilization is observed in Mykonos, Rethymno, and Heraklion.

The data for the Ionian islands are milder but with an increasing trend. Indicatively in Corfu in the last 24 hours 27 new cases were recorded.

The Committee of Experts is expected to meet today, Thursday, and is ready to take any restrictive measures necessary in the "orange" areas. In fact, it is not ruled out that the new epidemiological map will be formed with several negative upgrades of areas to the "orange" category.

Today, moreover, there will be news for Mykonos, which is in "mini" lockdown mode.

In addition to the issue with the islands, the extension of the mandatory tests for employees in the food service and tourism sectors is expected to be on the table. The issue of extending the obligation of vaccination beyond the sectors for which it currently applies will also be discussed, ie employees in health structures and care units for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The islands with the greatest positivity

Although the transmissibility index (Rt) has dropped to 1.23 in the country, in popular tourist destinations the positivity is skyrocketing.

According to National Health Service data, in the week 12 to 18 July the highest percentages were recorded in:

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