To the former Minister of Finance, Stefano Manos, the government and specifically Akis Skertsos hastened to answer, after the question “Why other countries with more cases, such as the Netherlands or Austria, have fewer deaths than coronavirus; ».
The answer given by Stefanos Manos himself was that maybe “the real cases are much more than what is officially announced or that the treatment in Greek hospitals is less effective than in other countries”.
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A different answer was given in an article in Kathimerini by the Minister of State Akis Skertsos, writing that it is wrong, that we have more answers than the average, but also that the losses of people from coronavirus in Greece are only high, for 3 reasons:
Firstly, we have the second oldest population in Europe as a percentage of the general population, since 28% of our population is over 60 years old. And second, that of them – the most vulnerable – 17% have not yet been vaccinated. While in other European countries, vaccination rates in those over 60 are much higher.
And he adds one more explanation:
That in Greece all those who have been infected with the virus and end up, are counted among the victims of the pandemic. While in other countries, such as the UK, patients with Covid disease who died 15 or 29 days after conception are not recorded as COVID deaths,
That is, if we followed, e.g. to the UK methodology, adds Akis Skeros, who recorded 20% fewer Covid deaths, although this does not affect high mortality.
What Akis Skertsos wrote:
We are all deeply saddened by the issue of daily COVID deaths – mainly because they could be largely avoided as well as the vast majority of unvaccinated citizens. We have researched in detail why the deaths from COVID in our country are now approaching 80-90 per day.
First of all, we must not forget that with the 4th wave of the pandemic being in progress and affecting primarily the unvaccinated in our country and in the rest of Europe, we continue to have lower shades than the first average throughout the pandemic. Greece ranks 16th in the EU in pandemic deaths.
The intensity of deaths in the last period occurs for three reasons:
a) The second oldest in Europe as a percentage of the general population, 28% of our population is 60 years old.
b) At the same time, 17% of Greeks over the age of 60 have not yet been vaccinated.
c) And thirdly, as we know, coronavirus is a disease that affects young people but much more the elderly. 9 out of 10 deaths in people over 60 with underlying diseases.
It is expected that in a country with the second highest percentage of older people in general, where almost 1/5 of them have not been vaccinated, there is no outbreak of the pandemic at this stage. Other European countries that achieved higher vaccination rates than Greece at 60+, pass the 4th wave much more gently.
However, it is important to note that in the overall mortality rate that compares deaths in each country – regardless of cause – per week with previous years, Greece shows zero or low excessive mortality throughout the pandemic, as well as during the autumn. of 2021.
This is not the case in other European countries, such as Germany, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom, which are showing much worse cases of excessive mortality even now.
How is this explained?
There is a technical but not insignificant detail in the way we record the losses from Covid in our country that should be highlighted: we have chosen as a country to make perhaps the most expansive interpretation in the EU in terms of recording deaths by or with COVID, faithfully following guidelines of the World Health Organization.
This means that in other countries e.g. Patients with covid disease who died 15 or 29 days after conception are not recorded as COVID deaths, but as deaths from other causes. In Greece, all patients who have undergone COVID and have ended up in hospital are registered as Covid deaths because we strictly follow the WHO methodology.
That is, if we followed, e.g. the UK’s internal classification methodology recorded 20% of Covid deaths, without this affecting less secure mortality.
I insist on this because the high exaggeration or non-mortality in each country will be the indicator that will judge the management of the pandemic, regardless of the deaths declared as covid deaths, as we see that each country applies a different methodology.
Is there therefore or is there no plan b to deal with the outbreak of cases and deaths? Plan b is the same as plan a. Plan b is the vaccine. About 550,000 people chose to take the first dose in the last month, and more than 1.5 million people (65% of those who have been fully vaccinated in the last six months) have already taken the third dose.
There is, therefore, no hard divide in society as some want to appear. Every day thousands of citizens choose, despite their possible hesitations, to get the vaccine and this is very promising.
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