COVID-19 UPDATE

This update refers only to cases on Lesvos.

Updated at 07:00 on 22 October.

21 October

  • EODY (National Public Health Organization) report 6 new cases.

20 October

  • EODY  report 1 new case.

19 October

  • EODY report 1 new case.

18 October

  • EODY report 3 new cases.

17 October

  • EODY report 6 new cases.

16 October

  • EODY report 2 new cases.

14 October

  • EODY report 7 new cases.

12 October

  • The death of a 75-year-old woman has been announced. She was being treated in the intensive care unit of Mytilene Hospital. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
  • EODY report 2 new cases.

11 October

  • Some good news for a change. A 90-year-old that had been in Mytilene hospital with Covid-19 for 40 days has been discharged and is now convalescing at home.

10 October

  • EODY report 2 new cases.

9 October

  • EODY report 5 new cases.

8 October

  • The deaths of two patients that had been transferred to Athens have been announced. Our thoughts are with their families and friends.
  • EODY report 2 new cases.

7 October

  • EODY report 5 new cases.

6 October

  • EODY report 11 new cases associated with the refugee camp in Kara Tepe.

3 October

  • EODY report 1 new case in a Lesvos resident.
  • 2 police officers working in Kara Tepe have tested positive.

1 October

  • EODY report 5 new cases in Lesvos residents.

30 September

  • EODY report 2 new cases in Lesvos residents.

29 September

  • EODY report 1 new case in a Lesvos resident.

24 September

  • Another 85-year-old man died today in Mytilene Hospital. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
  • EODY report 1 new case in a Lesvos resident.
  • EODY report 16 new cases associated with the new refugee camp in Kara Tepe.

23 September

  • An 85-year-old man who was hospitalised in the ICU of Mytilene Hospital died this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

22 September

  • 184 cases reported all associated with the new refugee camp in Kara Tepe.

19 September

  • EODY report 3 new cases in Lesvos residents.
  • EODY report 10 new cases in refugees entering Kara Tepe.

17 September

  • EODY report 1 new case in Lesvos residents.
  • EODY report 5 new cases in refugees entering Kara Tepe.

The number of reported positive tests in refugees is very confusing. Some sources are reporting 135 new cases placed in quarantine but the daily numbers reported by EODY do not add up to this number.

16 September

  • The death of two Lesvos residents was announced yesterday. The first was a 76-year-old woman and the second an 85-year-old man. Our thoughts are with their families and friends.
  • A total of 35 refugees have positive for Covid-19 while entering the new camp. All of them were placed in isolation in a special area of the camp.

15 September

  • EODY report 15 refugees have tested positive.

14 September

  • EODY report 2 new cases in Lesvos residents.
  • 5 more refugees are reported positive and placed in isolation.

13 September

I am going to try to resume the daily updates. I will begin with a quick catchup.

Saturday 12 September
•    EODY report 4 new cases in Lesvos residents.
•    An Afgan mother and her 20-day-old baby have been transferred to Athens. This is a precautionary step as the baby has some respiratory problems and Mytilene has no pediatric ICU.
•    5 new cases reported in refugees as they are tested before entering Kara Tepe. 2 of the 35 who tested positive on 8 September have also been isolated.

Friday 11 September
•    EODY report 3 new cases in Lesvos residents.

10 September

Due to the events in Moria over the past 48 hours, I am having to suspend my updates on Covid-19. The reports of new cases are now so disjointed that the correct timing and number of cases announced has become almost impossible to collate. I do not want to give you misleading information, so I am forced to pause and wait for clarity to return.

8 September

    • Late today, a further 11 positive tests have been reported making a total of 35 cases. 34 are asymptomatic. Tracking continues.
    • At lunchtime today, 5 new positive tests have been reported by EODY which has now tested 2000 refugees. Tracking of their contacts is underway.

7 September

The Hellenic National Public Health Organisation (EODY) has tested 1600 refugees that were living close to the man diagnosed on 4 September, 19 positive tests have been reported.

1 more patient has been transferred to Athens. Another 2 remain in intensive care.

6 September

The death of a 74-year-old man has been announced. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Three critically ill patients have been transferred by military transport to Athens and three further patients remain in intensive care.

4 new cases reported.

4 September

1 new case reported. This is a refugee with approved status. He has recently returned to Lesvos from Athens. He was staying in a tent close to Moria camp. The man has been transferred to Mytilene hospital.

3 September

Early this morning the death of a 90-year-old woman was announced. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

2 September

4 new cases reported.

1 September

  • At 6:30 this evening the death of an 80-year-old woman was announced. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
  • 3 new cases reported.

31 August

There have been two deaths from COVID-19 today

    • A 74-year-old woman who had been in hospital for 10 days.
    • An 80-year-old man who was admitted hospital a few days ago.

Our thoughts are with their families and friends.

7 new cases reported.

30 August

3 new cases reported.

29 August

8 new cases reported.

28 August

The Hellenic National Public Health Organisation (EODY) reported 22 new cases. There continues to be the possibility of double-counting in some cases with tests being performed locally and in Athens. Even if this is true, the situation in Mytilene is now very serious.

27 August

  • 13 new cases reported.

26 august

  • 8 new cases reported.

25 August

Late today, the death of a 65-year-old woman from Covid-19 was announced. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

The delay between local and government announcements and differences in numbers is causing confusion with the strong possibility that some cases are being double-counted. We will try to keep you informed as best we can, please bear with us.

The Hellenic National Public Health Organisation (EODY) reported 12 new cases on Lesvos yesterday. It is probable that this includes some cases already reported locally.

24 August

4 new cases were diagnosed today. One of the cases was a member of staff at The New Archaeological Museum of Mytilene, which will remain closed from today for 14 days.

Until 1 September special measures are in place on Lesvos.

    • All restaurants and entertainment venues will be closed from Midnight until 07:00.
    • A maximum of 50 people for all public or social events and all gatherings, unless special rules apply.

23 August

  • Two new cases were reported. both cases are men in their 60s from Mytilene.

22 August

  • The situation became very serious today as it was announced that 10 further samples taken over the past few days and sent to Athens for testing are positive for Covid-19. The cases are mostly from Mytilene.

21 August

Three new cases have been reported this morning, all in Mytilene.

    • A priest and his wife. Both are 79-years-old. Both showed symptoms but are well enough to isolate at home.
    • An 81-year-old woman who has had contact with the priest diagnosed on 15 August. She also had symptoms and is well enough to isolate at home.

This afternoon, a fourth case has been diagnosed. He is a 60-year-old employee of My Market in Mytilene and has been admitted to hospital. The store management has closed the store and it will remain closed until all other staff have been tested and the store has been cleaned.

A 60-year-old woman from Mytilene has been diagnosed with Covid-19 this evening, making 5 new cases today. 

19 August

This has been a very worrying day with 7 new cases confirmed.

    • The 23-year-old son of the Priest diagnosed on 15 August.
    • An 85-year-old woman from Mytilene. She has mild symptoms and has been sent home.
    • A 40-year-old non-resident man visiting Mytilene – his wife and two daughters have symptoms, test results are expected tomorrow.
    • A 70-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital.
    • A 70-year-old man visiting Mytilene.
    • 2  patients, both 73-years-old, no further details are currently available.

18 August

  • 4 new cases have been reported.
    • Two men, both residents of Mytilene have tested positive and have been admitted to Mytilene Hospital. One is 67 and the other 77 years old.
    • A 60-year-old man that is a temporary resident in Mytilene has also tested positive and been admitted to hospital.
    • A 65-year-old man who was tested privately.

17 August

  • A 65-year-old woman from Mytilene has tested positive. She is a known contact of a previous case.
  • The 85-year-old lady that tested positive on Saturday has had two further tests. Both of these were negative and the lady continues to be asymptomatic.  It has been concluded that Saturday’s test was a false positive.

15 August

  • Two new positive tests have been reported
    • An 85-year-old resident of a Mytilene nursing home tested positive during a hospital visit for another reason. She is asymptomatic and doctors will repeat the test tomorrow.
    • A middle-aged Priest from Mytilene.

13 August

  • Four new cases have been reported.
    • A 65-year-old woman from Mytilene who has seen relatives from Athens.
    • Two young men, one has recently visited another Greek island.
    • An elderly woman from Plomari.

12 August

  • A 73-year-old man from Mytilene has tested positive for Covid-19 after reporting mild symptoms. He is now in quarantine at home. Tracking the source is difficult as he has not travelled and has had no contact with another known case.
  • A refugee being held in isolation has tested positive. Although the rest of the group which arrived this morning have tested negative, all will be kept in quarantine for 14 days.

9 August

  • 17 refugees from a group of 38 that landed near Plomari on 4 August have tested positive for Covid-19. They are all asymptomatic. The entire group has been in quarantine since they arrived. They will all be retested at the end of the 14 day quarantine period.

7 August

  • 3 more people have tested positive in Plomari. The first is an 80-year-old man who became ill this morning and was admitted to Mytilene Hospital. Contact tracing is in progress. The other two cases are children of the woman who was tested positive on 3 August.

3 August

  • A sixth person has tested positive in Plomari. The woman is asymptomatic and is not hospitalized. 

1 August

  • From today, face masks must be worn in all enclosed public places including churches.

31 July

  • One of the contacts that was self-isolating in Plomari has also tested positive for Covid-19.

29 July

  • From today, face masks are now mandatory for everyone in all retail shops, public service offices, banks, food stores, bakeries and elevators. Churches are excluded for the time being. Face masks continue to be mandatory on all public transport.

28 July

  • It has been announced that another member of the family of the 85-year-old from Kalloni, who died a few days ago from Covid-19, has tested positive. 

27 July

  • 4 new cases have been reported in Plomari. On 13 July, a couple returned from Georgia, they were tested in Athens on their arrival. This test was negative so they travelled on to Lesvos. In the next few days, one of them developed a mild fever and the couple were retested. These tests were both positive for the virus. Their 10-year-old son who did not travel with them also tested positive. Lastly, a male relative has also tested positive. The health centre and the Porto Espresso Bar in Plomari are closed for cleaning. Contact tracing is now underway and all contacts are self-isolating for 14 days.

22 July

  • Sadly, the death of the 83-year-old man admitted to hospital in Mytilene on 14 July was announced. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

17 July

  • From Saturday 18 July, it is mandatory for all customers and staff in supermarkets to wear a face mask.
  • The 56 year old man that tested positive on 14 July has been admitted to the special ward in Mytilene hospital for observation after developing a temperature. 
  • The 83 year old admitted 3 days ago continues to be in a stable condition.

15 July

  • UPDATE ON YESTERDAY’S POSITIVE TESTS
    • The man admitted to Mytilene hospital yesterday is reported to be in a stable condition. His son is asymptomatic and his grandson has very mild symptoms.
    • Contact tracing is now complete and all tests are reported negative.
  • Tests on Kalloni health centre staff are reported negative and cleaning of the health centre was completed today.
  • Kalloni health centre will reopen Thursday 16 July. Visitors to the centre are asked to make an appointment on 22530 22222, wear face masks, observe 2 metre distancing and use hand sanitiser provided.

14 July

  • An 83 year old man, his son and grandson have tested positive for Covid-19. They had recently hosted visitors from northern Greece. All contacts are being traced. The man was first examined at Kalloni Health Centre which is closed until 20 July for cleaning. The man has been admitted to the special ward in Mytilene hospital.

12 July

  • 1 more refugee from the group rescued on 13 June tested positive today. The group will be held in quarantine for another 14 days!

27 June

  • 3 more refugees from the group of 36 rescued on 13 June have tested positive. All are asymptomatic. The group will be held in quarantine for a further 14 days and the 3 confirmed cases have been transferred to another facility.
  • Officers of the Coast Guard and all those who had come in contact with the group during their rescue have tested negative.

15 June

  • 1 refugee from a group of 36 that were rescued by the coastguard on 13 June has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The 36 refugees are in quarantine and all those that came into contact with them are being closely monitored.
  • Museums on Lesvos reopen. None medical face masks are mandatory.

1 June

  • All the refugees that arrived on 15 May are reported as testing negative for the virus

25 May

  • Molly’s Bar Opens
  • Tavernas, bars and coffee bars open.
  • Travel to/from Lesvos re-opens.

18 May

17 May

  • Places of worship reopen.

15 May

  • All 71 refugees held in quarantine have now been tested. Two further positive results are reported making a total of four. All the tests on people who came into contact with the refugees are reported negative. This includes 15 locals, 2 soldiers, 2 coast guards and a member of an international organisation.

12 May

  • 2 refugees have tested positive for COVID-19. Early reports suggest they arrived by boat on Wednesday 6 May with 51 other refugees and were detected following random checks. All new arrivals are held in quarantine away from Moria camp. 

4 May

  • Easing of some Lockdown measures
    • Removal of the need for Movement Permit.
    • Some shops now allowed to open.

30 March

  • Sadly, the lady from Agia Paraskevi died in Mytilene hospital on Sunday afternoon. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The lady’s daughter and granddaughter have both tested positive, taking the number of confirmed cases to six. Both are in good health.
  • All other samples sent for testing were reported negative.

29 March

  • A 76 year-old lady from Agia Paraskevi was admitted to Mytilene hospital on Thursday and tested for COVID-19. The result was confirmed positive yesterday, becoming the 4th case. There is concern as there is no known link to any of the existing cases and the lady has not left the island. The daughter of the woman is a nurse at Kalloni and Polichnitos Health Centres. Both are now closed for cleaning and the daughter is self-isolating. Mytilene Hospital is trying to trace all contacts for testing.

26 March

  • Lady from Filia has had a negative result.
  • No reported cases in Moria camp.

25 March

  • Lady from Plomari now recovered and returned home.
  • A businessman from Mytilene recently returned home from Thailand.
  • Lady from Filia in Mytilene hospital. Inconclusive test.
  • The Wife of case 2 that travelled with him.
  • No reported cases in Moria camp.

23 March

  • Lockdown begins. We can only leave home in ‘special’ circumstances and with a permit.

21 March

  • Only Island residents and delivery vehicles are allowed to travel to the Greek Islands.

13 March

  • Closure of all shopping malls, cafes, restaurants, and bars, apart from takeaway and delivery services.
  • All museums and archaeological sites closed.

18 March

  • All retail shops are closed except for pharmacies and food stores.

14 March

  • Organized beaches and ski resorts closed

13 March

  • malls, cafés, restaurants, bars, beauty parlours, museums and archaeological sites closed

12 March

  • movie theatres, gyms and courtrooms closed

10 March

  • All schools and universities in Greece were closed.
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