Deputy Health Minister Mina Gaga on Monday conveyed the message that the coronavirus pandemic has not disappeared and that people should remain vigilant.
“We have to learn to live with this new reality. We have to be careful and stick to the measures,” she said. At the same time, a leading health expert predicted that the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Greece could reach 30,000 at the end of March.
Nikos Tzanakis, professor of pulmonology and vice president of the Greek lung community, estimated in a speech on Skai Radio that the number of deaths and intubations due to coronavirus-related causes will largely remain stabilized.
Tzanakis stressed the importance of vaccination to protect against serious Covid-19 disease, but added that people who had been vaccinated months earlier were just as likely to contract the virus as the unvaccinated population.
“However, most of them will be asymptomatic or experience a sore throat,” he said.
Asked about the prospect of yet another booster shot, Tzanakis said it should be considered for people suffering from chronic health problems such as respiratory diseases, chronic kidney disease and heart failure. Authorities may need to investigate the possibility of giving a fourth shot to people over the age of 75, he added.