Outspoken anti-vaxxer priest dies of Covid after month-long battle in hospital

Metropolitan Kosmas was admitted to a hospital in Agrinio on December 1 after testing positive for Covid-19 before being later transferred to an intensive care room at the capital’s Evangelismos hospital

Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia and Acarnania in western Greece had refused to be vaccinated against the virus

A staunch anti-Vaxxer priest has died of Covid in hospital after months of fighting the virus.

Metropolitan Kosmas of Aetolia and Acarnania in western Greece had refused to be vaccinated against the virus.

The 76-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Agrinio on December 1 after testing positive for Covid-19 before later being transferred to an intensive care unit at the capital’s Evangelismos hospital.

His admission to the intensive care unit sparked controversy among his critics after he was reportedly given a bed over other patients.

This request was ultimately rejected by the authorities, it said.

Kosmas was known as a staunch anti-Vaxxer and outspoken critic of government measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Kosmas had previously attacked those who refused to attend an overcrowded church
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Measures he had spoken out loudly against included the use of masks and vaccinations, they said Greek reporter.

During a sermon in 2020, Kosmas attacked those who refused to attend a crowded church and branded them as “unfaithful”.

He said, “God won’t let you get infected. God does not infect!

“It’s a holy place, the temple is heavenly,” he said.

And last year Kosmas was summoned to the Holy Synod to express his “disobedience and disrespect to the unanimous decision of the collective of the Church of Greece”.

This “disobedience” referred to his failure to act according to coronavirus health measures during Easter.

The clergyman’s 75-year-old sister, who was also unvaccinated, also died on December 13 of Covid-related complications.

Data released late last year suggest that unvaccinated people are 32 times more likely to die from Covid than people who have been vaccinated.

And figures published at the end of last month showed that people without a vaccination who become infected with Covid are up to 60 times more likely to end up in an intensive care unit than those who are vaccinated.

The startling data also shows that the difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated people in need of intensive care is greatest in the elderly – who are more likely to suffer more severely from Covid.

Figures from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center (ICNARC), which covers hospital units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, show that between May and November, the admission rate for double vaccinated Covid patients in the 60s was only 0.6 cases per. was 100,000 people a week.

For peers without vaccination, however, the rate was 37.3 per 100,000 per week – which is about 60 times the relative risk.

In the 50- and 70-year-olds, there was almost a 30-fold difference in the average weekly intake rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Kosmas’ admission to the intensive care unit sparked controversy among his critics after he was reportedly given a bed over other patients
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The difference was smaller in younger age groups, but unvaccinated people between the ages of 30 and 40 were 10 to 15 times more likely to end up in intensive care with Covid than those who were vaccinated.

The numbers come as unvaccinated people could be visited by Covid jab teams in hopes of protecting more people from the virus and fighting rising infection rates.

Government ministers are reportedly considering a plan to make door-to-door visits to areas with low vaccine uptake.

The tactic would also help encourage people who might want to be vaccinated but do not have easy access to vaccination centers.

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