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Mass transit down 90%

Passenger traffic in mass transit has fallen dramatically in recent days, and according to official OASA data yesterday, it is at around 10%, a 90% decrease (on average) in metros, trams and buses, said Transport Minister Costas Karamanlis. but that does not mean, he added, that there are no routes being serviced.

A small victory: Two Greek patients leave the ICU

Good news, a small victory for doctors fighting coronavirus in Greece, after two patients hospitalized in the ICU with Covid-19 have been taken out of the units for the first time in the country.

These are two patients with coronavirus hospitalized at the Sotiria ICU. Their condition had worsened the previous days and they had to be intubated. But the development was positive, their condition improved, and the doctors of Sotiria thought they could take them off life support. And indeed, they did so successfully. This development is a victory for the doctors and the rest of the ICU staff who have recently been fighting their own battle against a largely unknown enemy.

In fact, according to the same information, two more coronavirus patients, who are also hospitalized in Sotiria Hospital, are preparing to leave the ICU.

ICUs include patients with coronavirus whose health status is deteriorating, and those who need further support due to the serious complications of coronavirus are intubated.

Professor Mosialos appointed representative of Greece on coronavirus to international organisations

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday appointed Professor Ilias Mosialos to be the representative of the Greek government at the international organisations on issues relating to the coronavirus.

Elias Mossialos is Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, Head of Department of Health Policy and Director of LSE Health. Professor Mossialos founded LSE Health in 1996. It is currently LSE's largest research centre with 60 staff working on a wide range of research, combining technical competence with policy-mindedness. The Centre fosters the training of young researchers and funds several doctoral and post-doctoral students.

He has advised the WHO, European Parliament, European Commission (EC), World Bank, UK Office of Fair Trading, Ministries of Health and Social Affairs in Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden, and health insurance funds in Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary and South Korea. He was a member of the management board of the European Medicines Agency (2000-2003) and the board of the Hellenic National Medicines Agency (2000-2002) and contributed to the International Forum on 'Common access to health care services' co-ordinated by the health ministers of Sweden, the UK and New Zealand.

He has served as Minister of State in Greece in 2011. From 2009-2012 he was an MP in the Greek Parliament, served as a member of four Parliamentary Select Committees (Social Affairs, Educational Affairs, Defence and Foreign Affairs, and European Affairs), and chaired the Parliament's Special Permanent Committee on Monitoring the Social Security System (2010-11).

Current research

Professor Mossialos’ research focus is comparative health systems and policy, addressing questions related to health reforms, financing health care, pharmaceutical policies, the impact of EU law on health care systems, cancer care and policy and antibiotics. He is currently analysing incentives to address the need for sufficient investment in the development of antibiotics in order to meet changing medical needs.

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