The total number of cases is 2,853 after the confirmation of three new cases today, as announced by the representative of the Ministry of Health, Sotiris Tsiodras, during the official briefing on the developments regarding the corona pandemic in the last 24 hours.

Out of the cases, 55% are related to men, while 612 (21.5%) are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 1,4736 (50%) are related to an already known case.

As for the dead, 49 were women and the rest were men. The median age of our deceased fellow citizens was 76 years and 94% had an underlying disease and / or age 70 and over.

21 of our fellow citizens are being treated at the ICU, with an average age of 72 years. Of these, 8 are women and 95.2% have an underlying disease or are over 70 years old.

In addition, a total of 98 people were discharged from Intensive Care Units.

A total of 144,078 clinical samples have been tested.

For the children

Returning indirectly to the issue of opening schools, where the government’s decision on their opening is expected on Monday, Tsiodras referred to a Greek study by EKPA academics, which he said showed a significant reduction in olfactory function in adult patients. with the new disease.

“The study used an objective way to measure olfactory dysfunction with special tests and detected olfactory disorders in 64% of patients,” he said, adding that:

“Coronaviruses attack the olfactory epithelium due to the increased expression it presents to receptor 2. It is the famous enzyme that forms the body’s door for the virus to enter our body.”

For re-infection

Mr Tsiodras referred to an experiment that showed that monkeys had developed antibodies within a short time of the first time they became ill.

“This study could help with the vaccine,” he said.

For where the largest transmissions of the disease occurred

He also referred to the largest transmissions of the disease in immigrant homes, bars, ships, cruise ships, ski resorts.

All of the above, according to him, played a key role in the epidemic, most transmissions of the disease occur there according to the ECDC, said Mr Tsiodras.

“Keeping a distance, avoiding crowds, staying home if we have symptoms. I hope we return to normalcy. The road back is not easy, “he said.

Hardalias: Tourists from countries with multiple corona cases will not be allowed to enter

The Undersecretary of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, referred to the resumption of tourism in Greece.

Referring to yesterday’s revelation of Greece’s plan for tourism, Mr Hardalias said that the opening of tourism will be gradual:

  1. On May 25, yachting will be allowed.
  2. The campsites and 12-month hotels open on June 1.
  3. On June 15, the remaining accommodation will open and Athens will start accepting travellers.
  4. On July 1, there will be a full release for travellers at the rest of the country’s airports

The Undersecretary pointed out that travellers from countries with a heavy epidemiological burden of corona will be excluded. The list of countries that will not be able to send tourists will be announced soon.

In fact, in a later question from a journalist, Nikos Hardalias emphasized: “We never said that on July 1 we will open to everyone.”

Flight controls

He also stressed that all travellers will be fully and thoroughly checked with questionnaires and sample tests.

The Civil Protection continues to fully control the incoming flights to Greece and the incoming cases have been almost eliminated.

It is noteworthy that as of May 13, only one passenger test from abroad was positive on 21 flights and a total of 2236 passengers.

In fact, in the last few days, 3 flights arrived from Germany with 548 passengers, several of whom were transit from more severely affected countries. All of their tests were negative.

The plan for the islands

As for the islands, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection has taken care of a plan in the event of a Covid-19 case in a tourist.

The additional measures include the mandatory cooperation of the accommodation with a doctor and the existence of a coordinator for the corona in each accommodation.

In each region and island, there will be special quarantine areas.

In fact, the transfer of a patient will be provided if necessary, based on the plan that has already been prepared in the previous period in case of an accident in residents of islands.

For the small islands, the existing health structures, additional beds and test structures have been provided for strengthening.