The arrival of tourists infected with coronavirus in Greece during the summer is inevitable, according to statements made by Manolis Dermitzakis, a professor of Genetics at the Medical School of the University of Geneva, on SKAI.
In particular, for Dermitzakis, it is a given that even for the 29 countries allowed into Greece untested – as they are considered the safest – there will inevitably be a number of tourists who will come to our country with coronavirus and not show any symptoms.
When 6 to 10 million people are expected to come, some will definitely be infected. So we have to find a way to deal with them, he said, adding that even if those countries were in the same epidemiological situation as Greece, there would be a percentage of cases.
According to a very rough estimate by the professor, 6,000 to 10,000 tourists who will visit Greece will be asymptomatic.
In any case, Dermitzakis is reassuring and clarifying that the above magnitude of cases is manageable since the behaviour of the community will be in the right direction.
Greece’s borders will be “open” from June 15th, with flights permitted to land in Athens and Thessaloniki. The countries are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Finland.
Meanwhile, according to a survey conducted by ALCO on behalf of the Athens Medical Association, one in three Greeks are no longer worried about coronavirus, while 83% agree with the government’s lockdown measures, as reported by Greek City Times.
Specifically, 36% of respondents said they were “not worried” about the pandemic, while 43% said they were “quite worried” and 21% said that they were “very worried.”
The survey was conducted between May 11 and 18, which coincided with Greece’s gradual lifting of restrictions imposed on March 23.
The vast majority believe that the measures implemented were the right ones, however 2 in 10 believe that they were too strict.