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Vaccination appointments for children aged 12-15 to become available in Greece on Friday

Vaccination appointments for children aged 12-15 will become available on Friday, as announced by Health Secretary-General Marios Themistocleous during Monday’s regular live briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, ANA reports. This will be possible at the online platform emvolio.gov by the children's parents, using their Taxisnet credentials. It will also be possible for parents to book these appointments at Citizens Service Centers (KEPs) and at pharmacies. Parents will have to accompany their children to the vaccination centers. Themistocleous also broke down the vaccination rates per age group, starting with the youngest groups since the recent opening of the platform for them. Here are the percentages of all who have so far received at least one dose of a vaccine, followed by a second, slightly higher percentage which includes booked appointments: ⦁  15-17: 5 pct (7 pct) ⦁  18-24: 34 pct (36 pct) ⦁  25-29: 45 pct (47 pct) ⦁  30-34: 48 pct (50 pct) ⦁  35-39: 51 pct (52 pct) ⦁  40-44: 58 pct (60 pct) ⦁  45-49: 64 pct (65 pct) ⦁  50-54: 67.6 pct (68.4 pct) ⦁  55-59: 71 pct (72 pct) ⦁  60-64: 74.9 pct (75.4) ⦁  65-69: 79 pct (80 pct) ⦁  70-74: 78.1 pct (78.4 pct) ⦁  75-79: 83.8 pct (84.1 pct) ⦁  80-84: 71.7 pct (72 pct) ⦁  85 and older: 70.9 pct (71.3) RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Adblock test (Why?)

Greece-Cyprus-Jordan summit at Zappeion Megaron of Athens on Wednesday

The Greece-Cyprus-Jordan tripartite summit will be held at Zappeion Megaron in Athens on July 28, ANA reports. Talks are expected to focus on developments in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, on energy issues, on migration, and on efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Jebulon Adblock test (Why?)

Management consulting firms more optimistic over economic developments in Greece

Greek management consulting firms were more optimistic over economic fundamentals in the second quarter of 2021 for the next 12 months, the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA) said in a report on Monday, ANA reports. SESMA noted that its barometer GRe+1 index rose to 52.9% from 38.3% at the end of March and 27.5% a year earlier. The association attributed this development to a relative colling off of the pandemic and positive outlook for the Greek economy in the second half of 2021.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Adblock test (Why?)

Greece records 1,533 new Covid-19 cases and eight 8 fatalities on Sunday

Greece recorded 1,553 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 8 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Sunday, according to ANA.There are also eight fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 12,898. Of these, 95.1 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Adblock test (Why?)

AP: Europe’s summer tourism outlook dimmed by variants and rules

Αssociated Press reports from London that chaos and confusion over travel rules and measures to contain new virus outbreaks are contributing to another cruel summer for Europe’s battered tourism industry. Popular destination countries are grappling with surging COVID-19 variants, but the patchwork and last-minute nature of the efforts as the peak season gets underway threatens to derail another summer. In France, the world's most visited country, visitors to cultural and tourist sites were confronted this week with a new requirement for a special COVID-19 pass. To get the pass, which comes in paper or digital form, people must prove they're either fully vaccinated or recently recovered from an infection, or produce a negative virus test. Use of the pass could extend next month to restaurants and cafes. Italy said Thursday that people will need a similar pass to access museums and movie theaters, dine inside restaurants and cafes, and get into pools, casinos, and a range of other venues. At the Eiffel Tower, unprepared tourists lined up for quick virus tests so they could get the pass to visit the Paris landmark. Johnny Nielsen, visiting from Denmark with his wife and two children, questioned the usefulness of the French rules. “If I get tested now, I can go but then I (could) get corona in the queue right here," Nielsen said, though he added they wouldn't change their plans because of it. Juan Truque, a tourist from Miami, said he wasn't vaccinated but took a test so he could travel to France via Spain with his mother. “Now they are forcing you to wear masks and to do similar kind of things that are impositions to you. To me, they are violations to your freedom,” he said. Europe's vital travel and tourism industry is desperate to make up after a disastrous 2020. International tourist arrivals to Europe last year plunged by nearly 70%, and for the first five months of this year, they're down 85%, according to U.N. World Tourism Organization figures. American, Japanese, and Chinese travelers aren't confident it will be possible to visit and move freely within Europe, the European Travel Commission said. International arrivals are forecast to remain at nearly half their 2019 level this year, though domestic demand will help make up the shortfall. The U.K.’s statistics office suspended its monthly international passenger data because it said there aren’t enough people arriving “to provide robust estimates.” The United States this week upgraded its travel warning for Britain to the highest level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to avoid traveling to the country because of the risk of contracting COVID-19 variants, while the U.S. State Department raised its alert level to “do not travel” from the previous less severe “reconsider travel” advisory. The recommendations are constantly under review and not binding, although they may affect group tours and insurance rates. Britain’s warning has fluctuated several times this year already. Some countries are showing signs of a rebound, however. Spain, the world's second-most visited country, received 3.2 million tourists from January to May — a tenth of the amount in the same period of 2019. But visits surged in June with 2.3 million arrivals, the best monthly figure since the start of the pandemic, although still only 75% of the figure from two years ago. Spain’s secretary of state for tourism, Fernando Valdés, credited the European Union's deployment in June of its digital COVID-19 vaccine passport for having a “positive impact” on foreign arrivals. That, and the U.K. move to allow nonessential travel, “allowed us to start the 2021 summer season in the best conditions,” he said. The EU app allows the bloc’s residents to show they’ve been vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from the virus. In Greece, where COVID-19 infections are also rising sharply, authorities have openly expressed concern that slowing vaccination rates could hurt the struggling tourism industry, a mainstay of the economy. Authorities have tightened restrictions for unvaccinated tourists and residents, banning their entry to all indoor dining and entertainment venues. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Adblock test (Why?)

Greece’s COVID-19 unvaccinated people won’t be barred from retail stores

After planning to offer access benefits to those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, Greece's New Democracy will let those who refuse mix with them in retail stores and shopping sites. Deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas defended the decision, insisting that what's left of health measures from a lenient lockdown being largely ignored wouldn't lead to the Coronavirus spreading in the stores. “In terms of retail, even with lower vaccination rates, the use of health protocols and the mask has prevented the virus from spreading in the past. Therefore, at the moment, there is no discussion about retail, but mainly about travel and entertainment,” he told SKAI TV. That means the unvaccinated will be restricted from indoor venues like cinemas and restaurants as the virus has spread again, faster with the emergence of the super-contagious Delta Variant from India and people defying restrictions. “We will clearly have a greater ease of movement for the vaccinated than for the unvaccinated, who may have to increasingly stay outside as we head into the fall,” Petsas added, but he didn't say when that will happen. The government said that it was mulling more benefits for the vaccinated as an incentive for those who are refusing to be inoculated as less than half the country's population of 10.7 million is fully protected, far less than the 70 percent needed to beat back the pandemic more effectively. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: ChristosV Adblock test (Why?)

The 5th Annual World Council of Epirotans Abroad on July 24 through Zoom

The 5th Annual World Council of Epirotans Abroad takes place Saturday, July 24 via Zoom, 9 AM- 12 PM EDT/ 3-6 PM Greek time. The event is held under the auspices of the Speaker of the Greek Parliament and is organized by the World Council of Epirotans Abroad. Co-organizers for the event are the Epirus Region and the University of Ioannina. The Saturday session is open to the public. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98426082347 World Council of Epirotans Abroad President Chrysostomos Dimou will open the conference proceedings which include fascinating discussions on various topics such as the young entrepreneur in the pursuit of achieving a new business model, the Elevate Greece initiative with Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Research & Technology, and Epirus in the digital age: New development prospects for the region. The scheduled speakers include Philipp Deutscher, Managing Director, TeamViewer Greece; Athanasios Navrozoglou, CEO, Natech; Tasos Koutlas, CEO, Akros Food Limited; and representatives of the World Council of Epirotans Abroad youth- Dr. Lazaros Giannos and Dean Lekkas. Also among the scheduled speakers: George Goletsis, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ioannina; Elias Eliades, Investment Attraction & Support Manager, Enterprise Greece; Christoforos Nikou, Professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Ioannina; Minas Paschopoulos, Vice-Rector for Administrative Affairs, Academic Affairs and Student Welfare of the University of Ioannina; and Giannis Chrysoulakis Secretary-General for Hellenes Abroad and Public Diplomacy. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: TUBS Adblock test (Why?)

Cyprus hοteliers say Israel’s decision for travel ”a negative development”

Cyprus Hotel Association General Manager Philokypros Roussounides described as a negative development the decision taken by the Israeli Cabinet to include Cyprus in the red zone category, which means trips to Cyprus will be prohibited as of Friday, 30 July, CNA reports. In statements to CNA, he noted that there will be a lot of flight cancellations, adding that Cyprus` epidemiological situation is a negative factor for visitors who wanted to travel to the island. He also said that other countries may also decide to include Cyprus in a red zone. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: AyianapaProtaras Adblock test (Why?)

Greek government will pay doctors and pharmacists to give COVID-19 vaccines

After offering the young 150-euro ($176.63) bonus cards to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Greece's New Democracy government now is turning toward paying doctors and pharmacists to give them. They will be paid 10 euros ($11.78) for every vaccination appointment that is made, said Kathimerini, 20 euros ($23.55) for every shot given in their offices or pharmacies, and 50 euros ($58.88) for at-home shots for those who can't leave. The announcement was made by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias as the so-called Eleftheria (Freedom) vaccination campaign has stalled, with little less than half the population of 10.7 million fully protected. That's far less than the 70 percent health officials said is the benchmark to beat back the pandemic, the campaign running into such staunch resistance from anti-vaxxers that the government is making shots mandatory for all health care workers. But tourism workers aren't required to get the shots despite the rising number of cases on islands – where tourists aren't allowed to go unless they are vaccinated, have a negative PCR test, or proof they're recovered from the deadly Coronavirus. The highly contagious Delta Variant now makes up half the cases in Greece that are nearing the 470,000 mark and with 12,875 dead and many people ignoring what's left of measures from a lenient lockdown that's been essentially forgotten. The move comes as authorities said the virus that once primarily targeted the elderly and those with multiple or underlying conditions is now spreading fastest in the 40-60-year-old group, after hitting those 20-25. Data from Professor of Infectious Diseases at Athens University and member of the Health Ministry’s committee of experts Vana Papaevangelou said the 40-60 sector now makes up 30 percent of cases, the paper reported. There were 3,163 cases in that bracket from July 12-18, a jump of 75 percent from a week earlier as the more than 1 1/2-year-old pandemic lingers because of anti-vaxxers and people who defied health restrictions and spread the virus. She said hospitalizations that had fallen before the government opened the country to tourists and rolled back many health measures have jumped to more than 1,000 after several weeks, putting pressure on the health system. Increased admissions are seen to be directly related to the relatively low vaccination rate of this age group, which is under 65 percent, she added. “This means that one in three people aged 40 to 60 have not been vaccinated. And they are the parents of people who are now on the islands and will be returning with the virus in their luggage,” increasing the risk. “There is no excuse for postponing vaccination until September,” she noted – when it could become mandatory – as she said Greece is in “a race to vaccinate as many people as possible now,” which has faltered. She said that 99 percent of patients on ventilators in public hospital Intensive Care Units (ICUs) aren't vaccinated or only partly vaccinated with one of two shots of most versions apart from the single-shot Johnson & Johnson. “Only 42 of the 4,600 patients who were intubated from last February until a week ago were vaccinated,” Papaevangelou said. While it's rare for someone who's vaccinated to contract the virus – three doctors at a hospital in western Greece did – those who are inoculated are at infinitesimal risk of perishing. After daily cases earlier in the summer fell to as low as the 300 mark, they have soared again and there were 2,604 on July 22, including 11 tourists who are supposed to be free of COVID-19. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Adblock test (Why?)

Russian Airlines to resume regular flights to Greece as of July 24

Russian airlines will continue regular flights to Greece, as well as France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lebanon, Croatia, and Ethiopia, according to greekreporter.com. Russian airlines plan to provide seven flights a week from Russia to Greece, arriving in Thessaloniki and Heraklion. The Russian government advises citizens to get vaccinated before traveling abroad. Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federations also stated that the treatment of Russian tourists who fall ill while on vacation is not the responsibility of the country hosting them. The renewal in airline service to Greece and other countries comes at a tense time in Greece’s fight against Covid-19. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Andrikkos Adblock test (Why?)