1,723,496 Cases in Greece 


1,429,157 Recovered
683 Critical
22,285 Deaths

Country Cases New Cases Deaths New Deaths Critical Recovered
Greece 1723496 20100 22285 88 683 1429157
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COVID-19 Projections for Greece

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In this section, we give a short summary about our projections and analysis for Greece.

NOTE: We have updated again our projection. New first projection day for Greece is September 15, 2020.

If there will be any more updates, we will inform you on this page. You can view projections of other countries here.


These videos are an animation of confirmed cases and deaths with embedded the measures taken from country authorities. We believe that with these timelapses it is more easy to understand the magnitude and the speed of spreading of COVID-19. These videos will not be updated daily, but whenever is necessary. To see the projections scroll up to the top of this page.


Our analysis for COVID-19 progression in Greece is based on multiple parameters. Some of them are the Mobility and Activity Index (MAI), number of daily tests, positivity rate. These parameters are presented in the figures below.

Τhe Mobility and Activity Index (MAI) is based on the data provided from Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. In this dataset Google provides mobility trends for Grocery & pharmacy(grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies), Parks (local parks, national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens), Transit stations (public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations), Retail & recreation (restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters), Residential (places of residence) and Workplaces (places of work).

Τhe Mobility and Activity Index (MAI) is created by applying Principal Component Analysis (PCA) in 5 out of 6 trends, we left out Parks as they highly collerated with seasonality. By definition the Mobility and Activity Index (MAI) is a weighted sum function of the mobility trends and shows the mobility and economic activity of each country.

For Greece the first principal component (PC1) of PCA can explain 80.25% of the total variance.

Mobility and Activity Index (MAI) = 0.4*T(Retail & Recreation) + 0.16*T(Grocery & Pharmacy) + 0.32*T(Transit) + 0.23*T(Workplaces) - 0.11*T(Residential)

mobility and activity index

The baseline is calculated by Google as the median value, for the corresponding day of the week, during the 5-week period Jan 3–Feb 6, 2020. After lockdown of March in Greece we see a dramatic drop of the MAI at a level of -75.5%. In May some measures were lifted and the MAI gained 25%. During June and July tourism was open and by the end of July Greece gained all economic activity. In August, MAI was above baseline and touched again the baselined at 15 of August. In summary, Mobility and Activity Index for Greece gained 75% from the support level and has a 0% percent to achieve pro-coronavirus levels.

Another figure that can explain qualitative the COVID-19 curves by its quantity over time is the daily tests performed. Data for testing are available from Our World in Data via Github here.

number of test

As it can be observed the number of tests followed the increase of cases. In August testing capacity is plateauing at a level of 10000 - 16000 daily tests.

We combined the data of daily tests with the daily confirmed cases to produce a figure of positivity rate. This rate is a good indicator about our control over the COVID-19 pandemic. A positivity rate under 1% is considered safe zone, a positivity rate above 20% is considered hot zone. WHO threshold for re-opening is 5% for 14 consecutive days.

positivity rate

We observe that from May and on the positivity rate drop nearly to zero levels. This was a good indicator that test were enough and the prevalence of the coronavirus slow. From mid June and after we see a steady increase of positivity rate from 1% to 2% in late August. Now is around 3%. This indicates that COVID-19 in Greece is under control for now, but if we see a sharp increase in this indicator reaching a level of 5% then new measures must be imposed and the capacity of testing must be increased.

The aforementioned information were derived from the data and from this point on we analyze our assumptions, choices and conclusions based on our simulation model. The results of which are diplayed as projections in the first figures of this webpage.

The basic assumption is that the reported data are not showing the reality of COVID-19 spread. This is based on the fact that there is no efficient testing on the whole population. For our analysis, only daily deaths can give a good estimation of the disease progression. This is the reason why we do not calibrate the model to the data, as we want the model to capture what happens in reality, without overfitting.

The initial population of Greece that has been incorporated into the model is 10,423,056.

The first case reported on 27/02/2020 and the first death reported two days later on 11/03/2020.

With this in mind, we assume that around 65 exposed persons entered Greece between 05/02/2020 and 16/02/2020.

In our projection model season has an effect of 47%.

The reaction time of people to the measures was 5 days, on average.

The confirmed cases now are around 20% of the real number.

We estimate that until 27/09/2020 a 1.02% percent of the total population of Greece has been infected and 0.76% percent of the total population of Greece has been recovered.

Overall, the situation in Greece is not under control, after the loosening of measures,opening the tourism and now schools it has become very fragile. Our projection shows a scenario where the measures that imposed in August made people to follow the rules for personal protection measures at a level of 70%, then with the schools opening this reaches 65% and a general lockdown at around 10th of November will bring this number to 85%.

More details about the model can be found here.

Please visit the official website of Greece National Public Health Organization for official information.

Evaluation of the projections models

We use as evaluation metrics the mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) and median absolute percentage error (MdAPE) on the cumulative cases and deaths, respectively. We made this decision in order to allow comparability of our models with other forecasting models for COVID-19. See details of performance of other prediction models here.

The overall performance of our projections is obtained by a weighting average of the metrics of each model. As weights the normalized to one number of days is used.

The partial and overall Absolute Percentage Errors (APEs) of our projections of COVID-19 for Greece with the confirmed cumulative cases it shown in the next table. Lower value is better performance.

Greece - cumulative cases models evaluation
ModelStart DateEnd DateDaysMAPEMdAPE

The partial and overall Absolute Percentage Errors (APEs) of our projections of COVID-19 for Greece with the confirmed cumulative deaths it shown in the next table. Lower value is better performance.

Greece - cumulative deaths models evaluation
ModelStart DateEnd DateDaysMAPEMdAPE


The measures taken by Greece authorities by date (Day/Month/Year) are:

Greece - Containment and closure policies
School closing05/03/20203 - require closing all levels0 - targeted
School closing10/03/20203 - require closing all levels1 - general
School closing11/05/20202 - require closing some levels 1 - general
School closing01/06/20201 - recommend closing1 - general
School closing22/06/20203 - require closing all levels0 - targeted
School closing27/06/20201 - recommend closing1 - general
Workplace closing12/03/20202 - require closing or work from home for some sectors1 - general
Workplace closing05/05/20201 - recommend closing or work from home1 - general
Workplace closing01/06/20200 - no measures1 - general
Cancel public events29/02/20202 - require cancelling0 - targeted
Cancel public events09/03/20202 - require cancelling1 - general
Cancel public events05/05/20202 - require cancelling0 - targeted
Cancel public events15/06/20200 - no measures0 - targeted
Cancel public events13/07/20202 - require cancelling1 - general
Cancel public events01/08/20200 - no measures1 - general
Cancel public events13/08/20202 - require cancelling1 - general
Restrictions on gatherings18/03/20204 - restrictions on gatherings of 10 people or less1 - general
Restrictions on gatherings05/05/20203 - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 people1 - general
Restrictions on gatherings17/08/20203 - restrictions on gatherings between 11-100 people0 - targeted
Close public transport14/03/20201 - recommend closing or significantly reduce volume/route/means of transport available1 - general
Stay at home requirements23/03/20202 - require not leaving house with exceptions1 - general
Stay at home requirements30/05/20201 - recommend not leaving house1 - general
Restrictions on internal movement21/03/20202 - internal movement restrictions in place0 - targeted
Restrictions on internal movement23/03/20202 - internal movement restrictions in place1 - general
Restrictions on internal movement04/05/20202 - internal movement restrictions in place0 - targeted
Restrictions on internal movement30/05/20201 - recommend not to travel between regions/cities1 - general
International travel controls14/03/20203 - ban arrivals from some regions1 - general
International travel controls15/06/20201 - screening arrivals1 - general
International travel controls02/07/20203 - ban arrivals from some regions1 - general

Greece - Health system policies
Public information campaigns25/02/20202 - coordinated public information campaign1 - general
Testing policy08/04/20202 - testing of anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms1 - general
Testing policy23/06/20203 - open public testing1 - general
Contact tracing30/05/20202 - comprehensive contact tracing; done for all identified cases1 - general

Greece - Economic policies
Income support18/03/20201 - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary0 - formal sector workers only
Income support25/03/20201 - government is replacing less than 50% of lost salary1 - transfers to informal sector workers too
Income support01/06/20202 - government is replacing 50% or more of lost salary0 - formal sector workers only
Debt/contract relief25/03/20201 - narrow relief, specific to one kind of contract1 - general
Debt/contract relief04/08/20202 - broad debt/contract relief1 - general

Level is in ordinal scale and higher value means more strict measures. Detailed explanation about the table can be found here.


This analysis contains Work in Progress (WIP) results. No rights can be derived from any of the results.

The projection that is visualized is only one simulation run and is not forecast neither future prediction.

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