Greek Prime Minister Stelios Petsas noted on Monday that the second covid-19 wave was well under way across Europe and that according to the latest ECDC assessment, most European countries are classified as at high risk for epidemiological danger.
“Greece continues to be among the best countries. Together with the Scandinavian countries, [it is among] the best countries in the EU in terms of the number of cases, he said.
In response to this new situation and to avert the worst, the government has already applied two new measures: “The curfew from 12:30 to 05:00 in all epidemiologically charged regions (levels 3 and 4) and mandatory use of face masks everywhere. It is obvious that we have difficult three months ahead of us and we have an obligation to strictly follow the measures, first and foremost to save lives and secondly to avoid putting undue pressure on healthcare and finally to avoid introducing further stricter measures. For the first time since the start of this adventure, the prospect of a safe and effective vaccine at the end of the year or early 2021 is also on the horizon and the government has ensured that we will get it on time and be able to distribute it as quickly as possible. ”
Petsas also said the government is not considering closing restaurants, cafes and bars before midnight or considering imposing restrictions on the elderly (over 65) and the movement of vulnerable groups to combat rising coronavirus cases in high-risk areas.
However, he said that the authorities will continue to intensify compliance checks in high-risk areas.
“It is noticeable that the spread of the virus is mainly among young people. That is why the experts, the Prime Minister and the government are urging the younger ages to exercise caution and avoid mass gatherings, ”Petsas added.
Earlier this month, the government launched an interactive COVID-19 map that will enable citizens and visitors to quickly find out more about the epidemiological situation in Greece and discover the measures in force. Click here for the website- covid19.gov.gr.
Latest covid-19 figures in Greece
Greece recorded 715 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24-hour reporting period, the largest daily increase since the first case was recorded in the country at the end of February.
This raises the total number of cases to 31,496.
3,883 are considered to be related to trips abroad and 1,194 are related to an already known case.
Ninety-five people are at the ICU. Their median age is 65 years and 32 of them are women. 95.8% have an underlying condition or are 70 years and older.
A total of 274 patients have been discharged from the ICU since the pandemic began in Greece.
The country’s number of deaths in pandemics is 581. The median age for all was 79 years and 96.2% of the deceased had an underlying condition and / or age 70 years or more.