Vatopoulos: “We are worried about the mutated virus – 60 cases identified already – It may prevail in Greece”

Greek scientists say they are surprised and worried about the 60 total cases of the mutated virus in Great Britain that were detected in our country. Anxiety is now focused on the extent of the spread of the virus in the community and mainly in crowded Athens and Crete, where 27 cases of domestic transmission (orphans) have been identified.

The presence of “scattered” cases of the mutated, more contagious and possibly more deadly coronavirus in Greece, causes reasonable concern to the scientists of the Committee of Experts, who state that this is a new development that may change the data.

“It is worrying if this mutation spreads, which is more contagious and it seems that the disease can be a little more serious . We need to see exactly what is “ stress.

As laboratory surveillance of the spread of the coronavirus mutant by the Institute for Biological Research (IIBEAA) increases, so does the picture of the transmission of the Great Britain virus to our country.

The end of the week will show the actual size of the Diaspora in the community, especially in Athens, said in o Dimitris Thanos, president of the Scientific Council of BRFAA:

“I still do not think we have the statistics to make a reliable forecast, but I think that if we collect other statistics at the end of next week we will be able to make reliable forecasts,” he said.

Vatopoulos: “The mutated virus of Great Britain will dominate the whole planet”

His assessment that the advanced virus that started in the United Kingdom and has already spread to more than 60 countries, will gradually dominate in Europe and around the world, expressed the Professor of Microbiology at the School of Public Health of the University of West Attica, Alkiviadis Vatopoulos:

“Fatally, this strain, which is unfortunately more easily transmitted, will very quickly replace what is more difficult to transmit. This is a bit fatal. I believe that it will dominate in Greece and in Europe and worldwide. A strain that is more easily transmitted and we can not distinguish it – that is, we can not find those who carry this strain in relation to those who do not have it and it does not make sense to do it – will prevail. This is clear “, he states speaking to

Vatopoulos: “Companies to make many vaccines quickly”

In the UK, a first analysis of data among citizens over the age of 60 who were diagnosed positive with the new executive showed that 13 to 14 of the 1,000 lost their lives , while the corresponding proportion of the older strain was 10 deaths per 1,000 carriers of the virus.

“In Britain, the new virus immediately replaced the older virus. So we have a disease that is more contagious and there are scientists in England who say that it may be more pathogenic, it increases mortality a little “, comments Mr. Vatopoulos and adds:

“My view is that global production of vaccines must be increased immediately. Let companies put their issues aside and work together to produce vaccines. There is no other solution. “If we had more vaccines we would do the vaccinations faster,” he says.

The possibility of a third wave is real, according to scientists. It is too early, however, as the expert says to take action on measures if we do not have the full picture:

“This data is very new and I do not know what will happen. Of course we are worried about the third wave. But I tell you that right now we need to focus politically on getting companies to work together to make vaccines fast. And for Europe to work better with them and for all this to move forward quickly. “Because we are entering a vicious circle, where mutations that are more contagious can come out, so the number of people who need to be vaccinated in order to have collective immunity will increase .”

The same was pointed out while speaking recently at a scientific conference on coronavirus mutations, and Professor of Pathology of Infections, Sotiris Tsiodras:

“The sooner we vaccinate – and in the right way – the population, the more likely we are to avoid the dispersal and development of new hardy strains,” he said.

The cases of the mutated strain identified by the laboratories in detail

Two hundred and thirty five ( 235 ) samples in total were tested in the context of the operation of the newly established by the Ministry of Health, Genomic Surveillance Network for coronavirus mutations, within one week (January 17-23, 2021).

Of the 235 samples examined, 63 relate to the period from 11 to 18 January, while 172 to the period before and during the Christmas holidays, ie from 11 November to 31 December 2020.

In 59 of the recent samples of January, identified the new mutant strain of Great Britain (V.1.1.7).

In detail, the positive samples come from:

  • 28 of the country ‘s gateways , identified with the contribution of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection
  • 4 which are close contacts of a confirmed case with the mutant virus
  • 9 in Crete
  • 18 in Athens

The 18 carriers of the mutated virus in Athens and the 9 in Crete, had not traveled abroad. Tracking is currently underway to determine if these individuals became infected after contact with a carrier who had traveled abroad and are secondary infections.

The mutant strain has been in the country since December

Another important fact that confirms that the mutated virus of Great Britain had come to our country since December was revealed by the examination of 172 samples and concerned the retrospective control from 11/11/20 to 31/12/20. positive for the new virus sample was found in these samples , which was detected positive by molecular PCR on 2 3/12/20.

The Genomic Surveillance Network will continue laboratory monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations at an even greater rate in the coming weeks. Until we verify the real picture, it is good for all of us to observe the measures with more reverence, says the president of the Scientific Council of IIBEAA, Dimitris Thanos:

“We must be very careful, to strictly observe the measures and the instructions announced by the Ministry and to be careful! “Let’s be careful, because this virus is very contagious”, he emphasizes.

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