Greece has reported a further 82 cases of coronavirus, pushing the country’s total to 1,314.
According to the daily press briefing from Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, seven more deaths were recorded within the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 49.
Of the 49 dead, 37 are men. The average age of the deceased is 72 years.
In total, 85 people are intubated in the ICUs, 17 of which are women.
Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias, added that five municipalities in northern Greece are on lockdown as of Tuesday night.
Residents of Mesopotamia in Kastoria, Orestida, Nestorio, Xanthi and Myki were advised to collect supplies for 14 days, as the strict curfew began at 20.00 on March 31 and will end at the same time on April 14.
The situation there is so critical in terms of infection, Hardalias said, that residents are forbidden from leaving home to assist others (the town will work through the Help at Home program).
“April is a particularly critical time,” he warned, “it’s too early to judge” what the disease’s developments will be. “We are issuing an SOS to you to observe the curfew,” he told the public.
A total of 16,732 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Greece.