February 2nd, the Greek National Health Organization reported that in the past 24 hours, 1,261 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greece, with a total of 158,716 confirmed cases and 5,851 deaths.
So far, Greece has detected 204 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant infection in the United Kingdom and 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 variant infection in South Africa.
The number of new cases on the 2nd was the first time since December 29, 2020.
The number of new cases in Attica, where the capital is located, reached 649 on that day, more than half of the new cases in Greece on that day.
Current epidemiological data show that the R0 value of Attica has reached 1.01.
In classical epidemiological models, the R0 value is often used to describe the infection rate of the pandemic.
It can reflect the potential and severity of infectious disease outbreaks.
R0 refers to the basic regeneration number, indicating the number of second-generation cases that can be infected under ideal conditions when a case enters a vulnerable population.
If the R0 is greater than 1, the infectious disease can spread to the whole population; while the infectious disease with an R0 value less than 1 tends to disappear.
Akumanias, chairman of the Greek National Public Health Organization, said on the same day that the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant strain infection in the country and the return of the number of new cases to four digits in a single day need to be highly vigilant, and the people must strictly abide by the relevant prevention and control measures.
Pavlakis, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, said that the third wave of the pandemic seems to have begun, and the situation at Attica is very dangerous.
In order to avoid the pandemic getting out of control, an “hard core” blockade should be imposed on Attica immediately.
The proposal to impose a full lockdown on Attica is on the table, but all final decisions are on the table for the government to take the recommendations of the health expert group, said Hadalías, deputy minister of civil protection.