The Greek authorities announced that the first case of the mutated coronavirus strain discovered in South Africa was diagnosed in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.
The patient who tested positive for this strain is an official from the Greek Orthodox Christian Church, said Nikos Hardalias, deputy minister for civil protection and crisis management, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.
“We are doing extensive screening tests with molecular tests and rapid tests in the wider area … There is no need to panic,” he told the Greek national broadcaster ERT.
Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, President of the National Public Health Organization (EODY) urged citizens to take all precautions and follow the advice of experts.
EODY announced on Sunday that 107 cases of the mutant strain, first identified in the UK, have been recorded in Greece after analyzing samples taken between January 12-27, bringing the total number of cases of this strain to 173 im Land amount.
Greece has been nationwide locked since November 7th. On Friday it was extended to February 8th.
On Sunday, EODY announced 484 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the number to 156,957 since the pandemic began in Greece last winter.
EODY confirmed another 17 deaths, bringing the death toll to 5,796.
As the world fights to contain the pandemic, vaccines are being used in some countries with the already approved coronavirus vaccines.
According to the World Health Organization on January 26, 236 vaccine candidates are still being developed worldwide – 63 of them in clinical trials – in countries such as Germany, China, Russia, Great Britain and the United States.
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