Greece Announces Highest Number of Covid-19 Cases Since Re-Opening


Greek health authorities announced on Monday 97 new cases of coronavirus in the last four days, 52 of them since Sunday in what is an alarming spike of infections since the country lifted most of the restrictions imposed in March.

According to authorities, 30 cases of the 97 refer to travelers who came from abroad and 29 to residents of the regional unit of Xanthi, in north-eastern Greece.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 3,049, including 182 deaths since Feb. 26 when the first infection was diagnosed. Greece was in full lockdown from March 23 to May 4 and in the past month restrictions in financial and social life have been gradually lifted.

“Anyone who thinks we have gotten rid of the coronavirus is wrong,” head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias warned and urged the citizens to stay on alert and keep the hygiene rules including social distancing.

“The virus is in decline, but this doesn’t mean it’s gone,” he added.

Authorities are alarmed over several instances where rules were broken over the weekend. A popular bar on Mykonos was ordered to shut down for a total of 60 days for breaking the social distancing rules imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas warned on Monday that national authorities will impose a new lockdown in regions which flout the coronavirus-imposed rules.

“We will re-impose the lockdown locally if we see a problem somewhere, whether it’s in a neighborhood, or a health facility or a school. It may even concern a geographical area, an island or a prefecture. Everything is on the table. The coronavirus has not disappeared. We should not relax our precautions,” he added, speaking in an interview on SKAI Television.




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