Greece calls emergency meeting over coronavirus after neighbouring Italy confirms 155 infection cases

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Greece’s Health Ministry called an emergency meeting on Sunday following 155 cases of the coronavirus in Italy of which three deaths and two recoveries have been reported.

Greece has yet to experience such cases with most reported incidents proving negative.

On Saturday two Greek nationals repatriated from the cruiseship "Diamond Princess" have tested negative for Covid-19, the new strain of coronavirus that began an epidemic in China.

The two individuals had arrived at the Athens pulmonary hospital of "Sotiria" after an international effort to repatriate them and others from the quarantined cruiseship in Tokyo to their countries, and arrived at Elefsina military air base on Saturday.

The Greek government "continues its targeted awareness campaign for visitors arriving from third countries to Greece, by issuing new brochures and posters for airports and ports," said the Health Ministry in a statement.

Shipping companies at Patras and Igoumenitsa ports and at Piraeus will be trained by the EU Healthy Gateways program on measures to take for incoming passengers.

The ministry also said it remained in daily contact with the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. All health authorities in Greece - including hospitals, health centers and the EKAV ambulance service - are on the alert.

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