Coronavirus cases in Greece spike



Greece's Health Ministry announced 97 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday, including 52 in the past 24 hours, the biggest daily increase since April 23.

Thirty of the 97 cases involve travellers from aboard, authorities said.

The increase comes as Greece’s borders will be “open” from June 15th (without covid-19 testing or quarantine), 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.

The total number of confirmed infections since the start of the outbreak stands at 3,049, while the number of deaths is at 182.

Of the total infections, 690 cases (22.6%) are considered to be related to travel abroad and 1,735 (56.9%) are related to an already known case.

Of these, 10 are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), with a total of 80% suffering from underlying health conditions or they are over 70-years-old.

The spike in cases has led to the decision to resume daily briefings.

“Anyone who thinks we have gotten rid of the coronavirus is wrong,” Greek Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias warned and urged citizens to comply with the measures and adhere to the hygiene rules including social distancing.

“The virus is in decline, but this doesn’t mean it’s gone,” he added.

At the last live briefing two weeks ago, Hardalias said that “if we return for the briefing, this would mean that things were… difficult.”