Coronavirus Update: 57 new cases, majority in Attica



Greece reported 57 new coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, of which 13 are from incoming travellers.

In more detail:

  • 10 were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates
  • 3 other important cases (who voluntarily got tested)
  • 18 cases in Attica
  • 11 case in Thessaloniki
  • 7 case in Kavala
  • 2 cases in Lefkada
  • 1 case in Achaia
  • 1 case in imathia
  • 1 case in Kilkis
  • 1 case in Rodopi
  • 1 case in Corinth
  • 1 case in Dodecanese.

It is recalled Professor of Infectious Diseases, Nikos Sypsas, expressed great concern about coronavirus cases in Athens and Thessaloniki, emphasising that there is a spread in the community.

“It seems that we are in total control of the situation regarding the imported cases. However, there is great concern about the cases in Athens and Thessaloniki, which means that we have a spread of the virus in the community,” Sypsas toldMEGA.

This raises the total number of cases to 4,336.

The Greek government on Tuesday announced new rules for face masks in Greece, in almost all enclosed public places.

1,212 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,157 are related to an already known case.

Meanwhile, 8 patients are in ICU. Their average age is 56 years. 75% have an underlying disease or are over 70 years old.

The country’s pandemic death toll remains at 203.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated in a video conference with the leaders of the countries that successfully handled the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The virtual meeting included Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

The Greek PM briefed the other leaders on Greece's epidemiological course and the relatively low levels of the virus' spread, as well as the cautious reopening of the economy, including tourism.

According to government sources, Mitsotakis outlined the measures that Greece has taken to protect public health for both locals and visitors, such as the use of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for arriving travellers and the use of a special algorithm for targeted testing of arrivals.

All the leaders agreed that the resumption and gradual normalisation of economic activity must be done very carefully and exchanged views on possible developments concerning the pandemic in the autumn.