This week also kicks off with poor data on the pandemic and the spread of the new strain. The burden on the national health system remains high, and the number of intubated and deaths leaves no room for optimistic scenarios.
According to the latest information, we will spend this Christmas with increased protection measures. The Omicron option is worrying, and the government has made many new suggestions on how to deal with the situation, proposing scenarios for new restrictions.
“We are expected to have more deaths, intubations and hospitalizations in intensive care units for at least the next 2 weeks,” said Charalambos Gogos, professor of pathology and infectious diseases at the University of Patras, referring to Christmas with restrictions.
What will be judged on the expansion of mandatory vaccination measures
Scenarios for extending compulsory vaccination to other age groups remain. Kyriakos Mitsotakis has prepared a package of new measures if the number of deaths and intubations does not fall. This solution will appear in the coming days. In the middle of the week, the government will assess the results of measures already taken and the progress of vaccination with the first and third doses.
After 10 days, Omicron data
However, the focus is on the epidemiological data for the Omicron strain. According to the government and experts, the first safe data on his “profile” will be available to the scientific community in about 10 days. And while the government has clarified the possibility of a lockdown, the facts seem to have drawn attention to the topic again.
“We will do what is necessary,” say government circles about both the extension of mandatory vaccinations and the introduction of a lockdown.
Two scenarios for scaling up mandatory vaccination measures prevail:
Extension of the measure to specific professional groups that come into contact with people. Obligation to vaccinate people over 50 (currently over 60).
Announcement of Recovered Certificates
Within a week, after the corresponding proposal of infectious disease specialists, a decision is expected to reduce the validity period of the certificate of the transferred disease (coronavirus) to 3 months (from 6, which is valid today).