Greece imposes further restrictions on unvaccinated

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Greece has imposed more restrictions on those unvaccinated against COVID-19 following a surge in cases. 

From next Monday, they will be barred from indoor spaces – except churches – even if they test negative.

“This is indeed a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

“Greece is mourning unnecessary losses because it simply does not have the vaccination rates of other European countries.”

In Greece, over 62 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. 

That’s 8 percent less than what authorities had hoped for by autumn.

The country has also set a seven-month expiry on vaccination certificates owned by those over 60. 

The number of new daily cases hit record highs this month. Greece reported 7,317 new cases and 63 deaths on Thursday.

It’s putting pressure on an already struggling health care system and has forced the government to order private sector doctors in northern Greece to assist public hospitals.

Earlier in November, the government had imposed similar restrictions on unvaccinated citizens but had allowed them access to most services, provided they tested negative. 

Source: Reuters

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