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Update – 04/06/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 406,751. 39 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 12,184. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 476. 1,239 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 590 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 148 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece remained on the United Kingdom’s “Amber List” in the newest revisiting of the travel advisory system, despite its improving coronavirus situation and its successful inoculation campaign for all island residents. A live update from the UK states that Greece will not be included on the much-desired “Green List” of countries from which UK travelers do not have to quarantine upon their return.

No new countries anywhere in the world will be added to the Green List, according to the most recent reports on Thursday.

As of now, all UK travelers must quarantine for a total of ten days upon their arrival back in the UK after a trip to Greece, undergoing coronavirus testing upon their return and then again eight days later.

Travel to Greece, a perennial favorite for Britons for many decades, is not strictly prohibited, but is plainly discouraged.

Amber List discourages — but does not forbid — travel to Greece

Greece, despite its most stringent efforts to inoculate as many island residents and tourist workers as quickly as possible, was placed on the dreaded “Amber List” in May by UK health authorities, meaning that those who did go would have to quarantine upon arrival back home.

The UK’s “Green light” countries, with no quarantining needed, only amounted to a handful of nations across the world — and none in Europe. All the other nations were small islands scattered around the globe.

Portugal, another holiday favorite for Brits, was taken off of the UK’s Green List on Thursday.

Greece holiday plans upended for many as country still on Amber List

Due to be updated every three weeks, there was no budging on the list by the British government after the initial three weeks were up.

Despite the Amber listing, thousands of British travelers have swarmed to typical holiday destinations such as Greece and Spain after a year spent in various stages of lockdowns. Many have already arrived in the British tourist haven of Corfu.

They have not been completely banned from travel but have been discouraged from doing so, with the quarantine at the end of the holiday believed to have served as a sufficient deterrent.

Countries on the “Red list,” to which travel is expressly banned, include Bahrain, Costa Rica, Sudan, and other countries. The lists are due to be revisited again on Monday, June 7.

Greek tourist industry figures have charged that confusing travel advice, coupled with the mandatory coronavirus tests — which can cost hundreds of pounds per person — have in many cases dissuaded Brits from returning to their beloved Greece in 2021 so far.

The vaccination drive for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants began yesterday at the reception and identification centers on the eastern Aegean islands of Chios, Lesvos and Samos.

The vaccines, single-dose Johnson & Johnson jabs, will be administered by members of the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) and the Health Ministry’s Philos Program.

The drive will then expand to other facilities on the islands and the mainland.

Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis and EODY President Panagiotis Arkoumaneas are planning to visit the camps Friday to oversee the process in person.

In more detail, the 1,239 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 590
    • Eastern Attica 56
    • Northern Sector of Athens 74
    • West Attica 26
    • Western Sector of Athens 75
    • Central Sector of Athens 185
    • Southern Sector of Athens 83
    • Islands 4
    • Piraeus 87
  • Thessaloniki 148
  • Etoloakarnania 12
  • Argolida 8
  • Arcadia 4
  • Arta 1
  • Achaia 16
  • Boeotia 11
  • Grevena 4
  • Drama 7
  • Evros 2
  • Evia 12
  • Zakynthos 1
  • Ilia 10
  • Imathia 14
  • Heraklion 26
  • Thesprotia 1
  • Ioannina 22
  • Kavala 11
  • Karditsa 4
  • Kastoria 3
  • Corfu 15
  • Cephalonia 1
  • Kilkis 12
  • Kozani 14
  • Corinth 15
  • Kos 4
  • Laconia 7
  • Larissa 24
  • Lasithi 4
  • Lesvos 5
  • Magnesia 32
  • Messinia 11
  • Mykonos 2
  • Naxos 9
  • Xanthi 7
  • Pella 5
  • Pieria 8
  • Preveza 2
  • Rethymnon 7
  • Rodopi 4
  • Rhodes 19
  • Serres 8
  • Syros 1
  • Tinos 2
  • Trikala 6
  • Fthiotida 7
  • Florina 2
  • Fokida 1
  • Chalkidiki 2
  • Chania 15
  • Chios 5
  • Under investigation 71

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