‘Mini lockdown’ initiated in parts of Greece after country records 287 new Covid cases

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Authorities have imposed, from today, a ‘mini lockdown’ in Greece’s northern regions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Specifically, four regional units will be under restrictions, including Pella, Pieria, Western Macedonia’s Imathia and Kilkis in Central Macedonia.

Greece’s Civil Protection Operations Centre said that acting early and in a limited capacity is the right move by authorities, with officials hoping they will be able to contain the disease.

People, some of them wearing face masks against the spread of the new coronavirus, gather on Mykonos, Greece, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. – Copyright AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalia listed the following restrictions that will be applied to the municipalities:

  • Any kind of event such as parties, trade fairs, processions, public markets, etc. will be prohibited
  • Any kind of gathering of citizens over 9 people for any reason, both in public and in private, is banned
  • The dining areas can allow a maximum number of 4 people at each table unless they are close relatives, in which case up to 6 people are allowed.
  • Use of masks both outdoors and indoors will be mandatory

The measures will be in force for a period of two weeks – between 11 September and 25 September.

Greece’s health authorities announced 287 new coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Friday evening. The total infections reached 12,734 and death toll 300.

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One day after the daily coronavirus cases in Greece broke an all time record, authorities announced that the number of Covid-19 patients in intubation is increasing.

“The number of intubated patients is of concern,” Epidemiology Professor and spokesman of the Health Ministry, Gkikas Majiorkinis, said during a live briefing on Friday.

The spokesperson also expressed his concern of an “over-spread of the virus at local level.”

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