Nursing home under quarantine in Greece after 12 confirmed coronavirus cases

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A nursing home in Nea Makri, east of Athens, was placed under quarantine late on Sunday after ten elderly residents and two employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

The General Secretariat for Civil Protection released a statement which revealed that an inspection by members of the National Health Organisation (EODY) pointed to a high coronavirus risk for residents.

“Following the results of 122 samples of residents and staff, by order of Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias, the retirement home was placed in quarantine by the Greek Police last night,” the Secretariat’s statement read.

Spokesman of the National Health Organisation, Sotiris Tsiodras, and the Head of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, visited the nursing home on Sunday.

The elderly were transferred to Sotiria Hospital in Athens, which has been designated a referral hospital for the coronavirus.

The oldest person from the group is reportedly 101 years old.

The decision to quarantine comes as nursing homes are considered high risk areas for the spread of coronavirus due to the concentration of vulnerable people.

According to the latest official data, 98 people have already died since the outbreak of the virus in Greece, with the total number of confirmed cases at 2,114.

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