Minister: 55% of the Greek population has been fully vaccinated

Greece will remain on high alert for several weeks after the heatwave is overdue to the dry conditions this will create, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Crises Management Nikos Hardalias said on Monday, in an interview with ERT1 state television, according to ANA.

With respect to wildfires, Hardalias said that there had been 116 fires in the last 48 hours, of which the worst was on the island of Rhodes. He said that power was now restored to 99 pct of the island since about 1:30 on Monday and the fire contained to a single point of concern, inside the ravine where it had started.

“What is important is to increase the rate of vaccination. To increase the wall of immunity and, until the desired target is reached, to continue to observe all the measures,” he said. The minister ruled down another general lockdown in the autumn, however, saying that each area was being monitored separately and if measures have to be taken to increase the spread of the virus, such as on the island of Mykonos, then such measures will be taken.

He reported that 10,533,000 vaccinations have been performed in Greece and nearly 55 pct of the population has been fully vaccinated.

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