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The Archaelogical Musuem in Athens, Greece. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

Greece on Thursday became the latest country to announce additional restrictions on people not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: Like other countries imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated, Greece is facing a spike in coronavirus cases and 61.1% of people are vaccinated in the country, compared to 64.5% in the EU, per the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted in his nationally televised address Thursday that "this is indeed a pandemic of the unvaccinated," per Reuters, which reports officials had aimed to have 70% vaccinated by the fall.

The big picture: From Monday, unvaccinated people will be prohibited from entering indoor spaces, such as cinemas, theaters museums and gyms — even if they test negative for the virus.

  • In September, the Greek government announced restrictions preventing the unvaccinated from entering indoor areas of cafes and restaurants, the New York Times notes.

By the numbers: New daily COVID-19 cases have jumped from an average of about 2,100 at the end of September to over 6,500, according to the Oxford University-based Our World in Data project.

  • The average number of deaths from the virus has risen from an average of about 30 to over 74.

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20 hours ago - Health

Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nevada's Public Employees' Benefits Program Board voted Thursday to charge workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans a surcharge of up to $55 a month if they're not vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state to announce such a move, per AP.

22 hours ago - Politics & Policy

New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy

Several Republican New Jersey Assembly lawmakers on Thursday broke a new rule requiring they show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter the chamber and were temporarily blocked by state troopers, per NJ.com.

Why it matters: The move is part of a wider push by Republicans in several states and nationally against vaccine mandates. The N.J. GOP has filed a lawsuit against the rule by a panel appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) administration, and was granted a short stay by a state appellate court late Thursday, AP notes.

16 hours ago - Health

Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state

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Data: GISAID; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Some states are much more likely to catch cases of the Omicron variant early on — including California and Minnesota, which did, in fact, find the first two confirmed U.S. cases.

The big picture: Omicron has thrust the U.S.'s genetic surveillance capabilities back into the spotlight. And the more cases sequenced, the better the chances of finding the variant before it takes off.