Greece confirms first coronavirus case


Greece has confirmed its first coronavirus case, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The patient was a 38-year-old Greek woman who had traveled from an area of northern Italy, said Sotiris Tsiodras, a representative of the Ministry of Health.

The Guardian in the UK said the Greek woman is a “well-known designer” who had traveled to Milan Fashion Week. The newspaper said the designer had also run for public office, and that she reportedly traveled to Milan with a group.

She is in quarantine in a hospital in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, most likely in one of the 13 hospitals throughout Greece designated to deal with coronavirus cases.

“She is in good health with mild symptoms,” Tsiodras said.

He added that authorities are now investigating the persons with whom the woman came in contact and placing them under quarantine as well. The selected people include family members, relatives, friends etc.

According to ANT1 TV, her family has been advised to stay at home and immediately contact authorities if symptoms arise.

Tsiodras advised all those coming from northern Italy to keep up with hygiene measures and contact health authorities if they have any suspicious symptoms.

Read More: Greece’s emergency procedure for potential coronavirus outbreak revealed

With the first case confirmed, it is not clear whether Greece will implement some of the emergency measures to prevent the spreading of the virus. The measures are to be implemented according to prevailing circumstances and the protocol. Those violating them are threatened with up to 2 years imprisonment.

In the last 24 hours, health authorities tested ‘negative’ of coronavirus four other people.

Authorities have been saying that it would be a matter of time for the coronavirus to reach Greece.

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