Prosecutor probe into ‘Greek statistics’ on COVID-19

The head of the Prosecutor’s Office of First Instance requested a preliminary examination in order to investigate the validity of the complaints that resulted in the inaccurate recording of the number of people who have been found to be positive for the coronavirus. [EPA/ALEJANDROS BELTES]

The chief Athens prosecutor has launched a probe into Greece’s National Public Health Organisation (EODY) after Greek press reported that a parallel system for recording coronavirus cases was set up and misled scientists about the real number of cases.

The head of the Prosecutor’s Office of First Instance requested a preliminary examination in order to investigate the validity of the complaints that resulted in the inaccurate recording of the number of people who have been found to be positive for the coronavirus.

Two Greek journals, “To Vima” and “Dimokratia”, reported over the weekend that EODY had set up a parallel registration system with a private company “and as a consequence, the Committee of Infectious Diseases is informed with a delay of at least one week for the real and total number of patients”.

To Vima reported that when a case is recorded in a private or public hospital, it enters directly in the register, but if the case is detected by a mobile unit of EODY, then it is first reported to the Organisation, which registers them with its own logic and rhythm, as it aims to create a new automatic Patient Registry system.

EODY has denied the complaints while the conservative government has been under fire.

The opposition parties openly questioned the credibility of case counting and have mounted the pressure on the government to publicise the minutes of the infectious disease committee. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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