Greek Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras on Thursday announced that 46 new coronavirus cases have been reported, raising the country’s total to 464 while the death toll has also increased to 6.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said a support package of €800 will be provided to those working in businesses that have seen a downturn in their revenues, to freelancers, and to those who have lost their jobs after March 1.
Mitsotakis also called on the public to restrict unnecessary contacts and to “listen only to official reports.”
“The tough times are still ahead,” he said, “and we took drastic measures early on to prevent the spread of the virus, but we do not yet know how effective they will be,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Greek Tourism Ministry announced it would suspend the operation of hotels to protect its staff. Only three hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki will remain open, and one per capita of each region. The measure is effective as of midnight March 23 till the end of April.