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Greek government imposes fines on unvaccinated people over 60

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Greek government imposes fines on unvaccinated people over 60

An officer checks the personal details of a man who came to be vaccinated. /picture alliance, Angelos Tzortzinis Athens – Unvaccinated people over the age of 60 will in future have to expect a monthly fine of 100 euros in Greece. The measure should come into force the day after tomorrow, as government spokesman Giannis Economou told journalists yesterday. He justified the vaccination requirement by saying that nine out of ten corona deaths affected this age group. In addition, seven out of ten intubated patients in the corona intensive care units are older than 60. Eight out of ten are unvaccinated. “We must be on the highest possible alert level and there must be no negligence for the time being,” the government spokesman said. In view of a bottleneck at the corona test stations, the government also announced support from the military. Greece’s Health Minister Thanos Plevris told radio station Proto Programma that 50 additional free test sites are to be set up near barracks to relieve pharmacies. There had recently been long queues there. According to the minister, the delta variant now accounts for less than 20 percent of all infections in the country. The Omicron variant is still on the rise. At the end of November, Athens had already announced compulsory vaccination for people over 60. According to official figures, around 67 percent of the population had been vaccinated by the end of November. Since the start of the pandemic, Greece has recorded more than 1.6 million corona cases and more than 21,000 virus-related deaths. © afp/aerzteblatt.de



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