April 6, 2020

GREECE: Greek Pharmaceutical Co Uni-pharma SA Donated 24 Million Doses Of Chloroquine To Greek Public Hospitals. Greece Has 1,755 Coronavirus Infections, 79 Coronavirus Deaths Reported.

Greek City Times
written by Staff
Monday March 30, 2020

The process of distributing the 5 tonnes of chloroquine to public hospitals in Greece imported from India, is in its final ordering phase.

According to sources, the substance was ordered and manufactured in tablets by the pharmaceutical company Uni-pharma SA, which reportedly announced that it will release 24 million doses free of charge to the Greek state in 200 mg tablets.

The Greek pharmaceutical company received the licence to produce chloroquine in 1984, and released the drug ‘Unikinon’ which is widely reported as a potentially successful treatment for coronavirus.

“With a high sense of historic responsibility and social contribution, Uni-pharma SA states that is always close to Greek patients and their needs by supporting public health, as it has done in the last 57 years,” it said in its statement.

The treatment regime will be decided based on the suggestions of the scientific community.

Meanwhile in France, a renowned research professor has reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19 (the use of chloroquine and azithromycin), with early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days.

Professor Didier Raoult from infection hospital l’Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Mรฉditerranรฉe Infection in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhรดne, Provence-Alpes-Cรดte d’Azur), published a video last week explaining the trials.

He noted that the first Covid-19 patients he had treated with the drug chloroquine had seen a rapid and effective speeding up of their healing process, and a sharp decrease in the amount of time they remained contagious.

A study by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practioner in New York, also notes that the medicine (hydroxychloroquine) healed 699 patients he treated with no intubations and no deaths.
Kathimerini News, Greece local
written by Reuters Staff
Wednesday March 25, 2020

Greece’s economy will contract this year because of the coronavirus lockdown but the projected recession will be temporary, the finance minister said on Tuesday.

It was a rapid re-estimation as the minister had projected eight days ago that the economy would weather the coronavirus storm and grow just over 0 percent.

“The situation in Greece’s economy has deteriorated and continues to deteriorate,” Christos Staikouras said in a televised address. “The crisis is deep, it will become deeper and the economy will turn into recession in 2020.”

Greece, which exited its latest bailout in 2018 and was recovering after a multi-year downturn, had been projecting that its economic output would increase by 2.8 percent.

Staikouras said the downturn will be temporary but the damage to the economy in the short term would be significant.

The country confirmed 48 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total since its first recorded case on Feb. 26 to 743 people, including 20 people who died. More than 130 people are being treated in hospital.

Among the latest cases were 21 Greek passengers of two flights from Spain, who the state put protectively in quarantine in a hotel earlier this week.

“It was a health bomb ready to explode,” crisis management minister Nikos Hardalias said.

Greece has imposed a curfew restricting the movement of people, with few exceptions, and has halted arrivals from non-EU citizens and those from Italy and Spain. It has also shut down hotels across the country.

Tourism is the Greek economy’s main driver and the sector expects hundreds of millions of euros in revenue losses.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said last week the government would inject 10 billion euros to support the economy through tough times due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Greece’s central bank slashed growth projections for the economy to 0 percent from a previously estimated 2.4 percent this year due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

TRT World published April 3, 2020: Political and economic divisions emerge in Europe after pandemic. As Europe becomes the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, political and economic divisions have already emerged. Sarah Morice reports.

Kathimerini News, Greece local
written by Staff
Monday April 6, 2020

Greece's Health Ministry announced on Monday 20 new coronavirus infections, with the total now at 1,755.

In his regular press conference, ministry spokesman and infectious disease expert Sotiris Tsiodras said six more fatalities from Covid-19 were recorded over the past 24 hours raising the total to 79.

He said another 90 patients are intubated in intensive care units while 9 people have been cured.

In the same press conference, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said April will be "the most difficult, but also the most critical month" for the spread of the virus, adding that no complacency is allowed.

He also announced that the village of Echinos in northern Greece which was placed in lockdown on March 25 will remain in quarantine for one more week for “purely precautionary reasons.”

By third week of March, nine people from the wider area had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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