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Online mapping system to provide fast, updated info on localized coronavirus measures

The online map (available through covid19.gov.gr), was activated when the first restriction measures went into effect and is managed by the presidency of the Hellenic Republic. It includes information on infection cases per area, and the measures in effect at that area. The measures are based on a new system of four levels of intensity.

The novel coronavirus infections in Greece are relatively low in scale, with mild fluctuations, professor and member of the specialists group at the Health Ministry Ghkikas Magiorkinis said on Friday, attributing the consistency to collective efforts. Magiorkinis spoke at the twice-weekly live briefing on the pandemic's development in Greece.

However, the national health system is feeling the pressure from the rising number of intubated hospital patients (98 on Friday), he noted, as the number of diagnoses is showing a mild rise, exceeding 400 cases a day. Fatalities continue to range around 5 a day, with a tendency to stabilize at 5-6 a day.

In Attica in particular, the most populous region in Greece, the rate of infections remains high (nearly half of all cases nationally). There are indications of a stabilisation in numbers, he said, but it would be safer to offer an opinion on this in a week.

Magiorkinis warned that the epidemic could still "enter an aggressive stage, as we see in other European countries," and commented on the appeals court crowds (for the Golden Dawn verdict) this week as a potential super-infection hub. "We hope not, but we can't exclude it, and will be monitoring the situation closely," he said.

At the same briefing, Deputy Civil Defense Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias and Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis a map of health safety and protection from the novel coronavirus.

The online map (available through covid19.gov.gr), was activated when the first restriction measures went into effect and is managed by the presidency of the Hellenic Republic. It includes information on infection cases per area, and the measures in effect at that area. The measures are based on a new system of four levels of intensity: 1. preparedness, 2. monitoring, 3. increased monitoring, and 4. increased threat.

Each locale's epidemiological level will be reviewed every two weeks, Hardalias had said when he first announced the system on Tuesday, and will be adjusted accordingly.

As Pierrakakis explained, "We saw there was a gap in terms of trying to locate a fact immediately, at local level. We saw there is a need for a central point where all measures in effect in Greece at this time can be collected per area, and shown visually on the map of Greece."

Speaking also about the system, Hardalias said that the system would help in updating coronavirus measures based on current epidemiological data, and the four-tier system would allow for a consistent application of measures across any of Greece's 74 regional districts.

The system will go live for the public on Monday, October 12, and a specific area will be searchable either by clicking on a location or by typing in the postal code. By pressing on "Show me the measures", all of a region's active coronavirus restriction measures will show up.

As Pierrakakis revealed, the idea for the map was found through a posting in social media by a start-up founder. "We remain open to deas and proposals by citizens and agencies - we evaluate them and implement those that match our planning and add value. We work together to provide better results for all, he said."

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