Greece sees spike in virus cases 2

Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) reported a spike in coronavirus in Kozani (a city in northern Greece) with 9 new infections since Saturday.

According to EODY regional coordinator Iordanis Romiopoulos, Sunday’s 9 infections include 1 resident of Kastoria, 4 of Kozani, 3 of villages in the area and 1 of Serbian nationality. The latter was returning to his country but after a traffic accident ended up in the hospital, where he  also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Contract tracing showed he was passing through and had not stayed anywhere in the region.

Romiopoulos said all 9 had “mild to medium symptoms of respiratory infection.” Three are hospitalised in Ptolemaida and the rest under quarantine and observation at home. Two of the 9 came from Serbia but the rest are not known to have travelled abroad or come into contact with another infected person. “These are what we call ‘orphan’ cases,” Romiopoulos explained of non-traceable causes.

The latest data on official coronavirus cases in Greece were published on Saturday, which had registered 41 new cases since Friday; 11 of these related to visitors to Greece, by land or air. Greece’s cases of infections since the start of the pandemic total 3,772 and the fatalities since January total 193.