Chania, Zakynthos slapped with curfew

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Greece imposed a night-time curfew and banned music on Crete and Zakynthos, two tourist islands, on Thursday to contain the spread of COVID-19, its civil protection deputy minister said.

Constraints will come into effect from this Friday and run until Aug. 13 after a recommendation by the infectious disease experts advising the Greek government.

Zakynthos in western Greece, where the epidemiological load worsened by 69% from a week earlier, and the city of Chania in Crete, where it rose 54%.

The restrictions include a nighttime curfew and a complete 24-hour ban on music at all entertainment venues.

"We call on the residents and visitors in these areas to fully comply with the measures to limit the spread of the virus," the Civil Protection agency said.

Greece reported 2,856 COVID-19 infections on Wednesday and 16 related deaths, taking the total since the first case was detected in February 2020 to 503,885 and 13,013.