Greece finally lifts mask mandates outdoors

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Facial masks will stop being required in outdoor spaces as of of Saturday, according to the health experts committee proposal accepted by the government on Wednesday.

However, at its meeting chaired by Public Health Secretary General Irini Agapidaki, the committee said that it would highly recommend the continued use of masks in outdoor spaces under crowded conditions.

This is especially for people with a high risk of infection including unvaccinated people.

The details will be published in a new government ministerial decision, formally introducing the measures on Saturday, March 5.

According to information, the new measures will also allow the formal return of mass media transport to full pre-pandemic capacity (100%).

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Greece confirmed 15,557 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 36 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) said on Wednesday.

Since the pandemic began, Greece has confirmed 2,454,429 infections (daily change: +0.6% pct). In the confirmed cases of the last 7 days, 295 infections are related to travel from abroad and 1,805 to other confirmed cases.

There are also 57 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of pandemic victims to 25,972. Of these, 95.1 pct had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or over.

A total of 399 patients are on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 67 years and 89.7 pct have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or over. Of the total, 287 (71.93 pct) are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and 112 (28.07 pct) are fully vaccinated.

Another 4,279 have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 281 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours (daily change: -6.02 pct). The average daily admission of patients with Covid-19 to hospitals over the last 7 days was 290.

The median age of new infections is 35 years (range: 0.2 to 106 years), while the median age of the deceased is 79 (range: 0.2 to 106 years).

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