As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,432. The death toll remains at 192, as no deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, which brought the death toll to 192. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 9, while 119 patients have left the intensive care unit.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has donated 15 million euros to public hospitals in different parts of the country to help them acquire 174 new intensive care beds, as it was announced on Wednesday. Of the 174 new beds, 98 will be in Attica and the Aegean islands, 44 in Macedonia and Thrace, 25 in Crete and seven each in central Greece and Thessaly.
With Greece’s regional airports on Wednesday joining those in Athens and Thessaloniki to welcome more than 200 international flights, health authorities remain on standby to monitor the impact of the next phase of the country’s reopening on its epidemiological profile.
The next two weeks are expected to be critical in determining the repercussions of the international arrivals. Apart from residents from European Union and Schengen zone countries, Greece is also officially accepting – as of Wednesday – arrivals from 14 non-EU countries, including Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and China (although the latter will be dependent on a reciprocal agreement with Beijing which is still pending). The next review will be on July 15, when it will be decided whether a ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Sweden, where coronavirus infections remain high, will be lifted or further extended.
GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT MEASURES
Corporate tax deposits may be completely waived this year in some cases, Finance Minister said on Wednesday, adding that a third phase of cheap credit to companies will be considered next month. The minister said that projections for the third phase of the state loans will take into account the adverse data on tourism in June and July, while 7,000 hotels have already applied for the second phase.