coronavirus

Greece reported 65 new coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, of which 34 are from incoming travellers.

In more detail:

  • 17 were identified after checks at the country’s entrance gates
  • 17 other important cases (who voluntarily got tested)
  • 16 cases are crew of a tanker tied off Piraeus
  • 11 cases in Attica
  • 7 cases in Thessaloniki

This raises the total number of cases to 4,401.

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

1,250 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 2,192 are related to an already known case.

Meanwhile, 7 patients are in ICU. Their average age is 52 years. 71.4 have an underlying disease or are over 70 years old.

The country’s pandemic death toll remains at 203.

On Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on his expert committee advising him on the developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic, to “sound the alarm” if they believe that a specific measure is required to control the spread of the virus.

“If you judge that you need to sound the alarm for some measures to be taken, do not hesitate to do this promptly,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias, the head of the health ministry’s committee on the pandemic Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras, State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Akis Skertsos, Deputy Civil Protection and Crisis Management Minister Nikos Hardalias, and the head of the National Organisation for Public Health Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, as well as data science expert Kimon Drakopoulos.

Mitsotakis said that regular video conferences on the progress of the pandemic will continue to be held three times a week in August.

The meeting concluded that the increase in cases had not significantly worsened epidemiological indicators but that vigilance, use of face masks and the diligent implementation of measures against crowding remained essential.