Number of coronavirus cases in Greece soars to 228



Greece has now reported 38 new coronavirus cases, raising the total in the country to 228.

At the same time, the coronavirus death toll in Greece has also risen to 3. The two new victims were two men, aged 67 and 90, both with serious underlying health problems.

Greece’s Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, said most of the new cases are in Athens.

Twenty-two of the new cases are believed to be ‘orphan’, which means the patients did not have contact with anyone travelling overseas.

Amid the rise in coronavirus case numbers, the Greek government announced that it is suspending all remaining flights to and from Italy. It did not clarify when the new measure would take effect.

On Friday the Greek government decided to take stricter measures to tackle escalating coronavirus outbreak, shutting schools, bars, cafes, shopping malls, libraries, museums and archaeological sites for two weeks, to combat the spread of coronavirus.