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This country will impose a monthly fine on the over 60s who have not been vaccinated

SOPA Images /Getty Images Unvaccinated persons over 23 years will be inflicted from 16 January a “fine of 100 euros per month” as long as they are not vaccinated, announced Thursday 13 January, the Greek government, recalling that the vaccine against Covid-13 is compulsory for this age group. This decision was taken because “nine out of ten deaths due to the coronavirus concern this age group”, underlined the spokesman of the government, Yannis Economou, during a press briefing.

He specified that “seven intubated people out of ten had more 60 years and eight out of ten were not vaccinated”. “From the 19 January, the penalties provided for by law will be applied and a monthly administrative fine of 90 euros will be inflicted until these people are vaccinated,” he said.

End of november, 67% of the general population was vaccinated

To encourage vaccination against Covid-19, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced at the end of November that the vaccine would be mandatory for more than 60 years, but left until 13 January to unvaccinated people to take a pr first appointment. Health Minister Thanos Plevris further announced on the radio on Thursday that 50 screening test centers would be set up near army camps, to relieve the pharmacies that carry out these PCR and transgenic tests.

According to official data from the end of November, near 50% of the general population in Greece has been vaccinated and 77% adults.

The pandemic has made more than 23.480 dead in Greece and the mortality rate increased sharply from the beginning November. Wednesday, 77 people died in 24 hours while 395 people were in intensive care.

Faced with the persistence of the Omicron variant, the Greek health authorities have decided to extend by one week, until 24 January, the restrictions imposed fifteen days ago, such as the closing of bars and restaurants at midnight, the ban on music and gatherings. The Delta variant is now less than 23% of cases, according to Mr. Plevris.

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