Covid-19 lockdown looms in Attica

Greece recorded 358 new cases of COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period, the largest daily spike since the first case was registered in the country in late February.

This raises the total number of cases to 16,286.

2,696 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 6,808 are related to an already known case.

Seventy-three individuals are in ICU. Their median age is 68 years, and 20 of them are women. 89% have an underlying condition or are aged 70 years and above.

A total of 191 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.

The country’s pandemic death toll stands at 357. The median age of all was 78 years and 96.9% of the deceased had an underlying condition and/or age of 70 years or more.

It is recalled new COVID-19 regulations were announced for Athens and Attica. Furthermore, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias announced the suspension of all outdoor theatrical performances as of Thursday, September 24.

The government will create a new platform in the gov.gr website where citizens will be informed about the restrictive measures that apply in their region.

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Wednesday noted that the government has not ruled out a local lockdown.

“Now the epidemiological burden is huge in the Attica region and especially in the municipality of Athens. We are examining how we can be more effective in controlling cases on the municipal level. If this is not feasible, then we do not rule out the possibility of additional measures but this is something that the experts will decide but, for the time being, it is not where we are and we will not reach that point if we follow the measures,” he said.

Meanwhile, police reported that officers carried out 37,778 inspections on Tuesday, to make sure citizens and businesses are complying with regulations put in place to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

Specifically, police reported:

  • Six violations of rules on the operation of shops and private businesses and three arrests
  • Three venues operating after midnight, which were each fined 10,000 euros and required to close for three days
  • Two fines for a traveller who failed to complete a Passenger Locator Form
  • 245 violations for non-use of masks and not observing social distancing
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