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Update – 05/04/2021

As of the latest update by the Greek authorities, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 275,414. 78 new deaths were reported raising the total number to 8,380. The number of patients treated in intensive care units is currently 749. 1,955 new cases were announced yesterday in Greece. 921 of the new cases were found in the Attica region and 262 new cases in the Thessaloniki region.

Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a new statement on Sunday announcing the new rules regarding the nation’s restrictions on flights due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions on domestic flights are extended until Monday, April 12, only essential passenger movements are allowed, while on international flights the restrictions continue until Monday 19 April. At the same time, the Greek Aviation Authority said that both domestic and international flights are banned with only exceptions for those who need to travel for health, professional, or family reasons.

Additionally, the ban on arrivals of non-EU citizens is being extended at least until April 19, 2021. The citizens of only ten countries are exempt from this non-EU ban. These countries are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Additionally, all passengers entering Greece from any foreign country, including the Member States of the European Union, are subject to mandatory precautionary restrictions at home or at the place of temporary residence, for at least seven days.

On top of the seven-day quarantine, passengers will be randomly tested upon their arrival, and are required to have a negative test before they fly to Greece. The test has to be conducted at a maximum of 72 hours before their arrival.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis criticized the European Union’s stumbling rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. Mitsotakis expressed appreciation for the joint purchasing of vaccines by the European Commission, which has helped smaller states such as Greece. “But at the same time it failed in getting the necessary quantities and supplying member states promptly,” he said in a speech before Parliament.

“The European Union is obliged… to use all the legal tools to force companies which have signed agreements with the bloc to respect their contractual obligations,” including banning exports, Mitsotakis said. He added that Greece would double its number of vaccinations in the coming weeks and inoculate everyone over 60 years of age by the end of May.

Despite the recent announcement of the Greek authorities that shops will reopen in Athens on April 5, those in the counties of Thessaloniki, Kozani, and Achaea will have to remain shut for at least until April 12.

This was made public on Friday night, after an extraordinary meeting of Greece’s National Committee for the Protection of Public Health.

The experts are concerned by the increased number of coronavirus cases in these areas, which might very soon lead to uncontrollable pressure on their hospital units.

Business owners of these areas have already expressed their strong dissatisfaction, in what they see as unfair treatment since Athenian shops will be able to open but they won’t.

However, people who live in these three counties, with a total population of approximately 1.6 million, will be able to travel to nearby municipalities on weekends.

This is part of a new, more relaxed approach to the restrictions that the Greek government announced recently in an attempt to ease the restrictions that have been in place since November 2020.

In more detail, the 1,955 new cases detected per Regional Unit:

  • Attica 921
    • Eastern Attica 106
    • Northern Sector of Athens 110
    • West Attica 97
    • Western Sector of Athens 116
    • Central Sector of Athens 252
    • Southern Sector of Athens 96
    • Islands 16
    • Piraeus 118
  • Thessaloniki 262
  • Etoloakarnania 23
  • Andros 5
  • Argolis 13
  • Arcadia 15
  • Arta 1
  • Achaia 71
  • Boeotia 21
  • Grevena 7
  • Drama 12
  • Evros 5
  • Evia 23
  • Evritania 3
  • Zakynthos 6
  • Ilia 19
  • Imathia 13
  • Heraklion 46
  • Thesprotia 3
  • Thira 1
  • Ioannina 16
  • Kavala 13
  • Kalymnos 15
  • Karditsa 31
  • Kastoria 13
  • Corfu 6
  • Kefalonia 1
  • Kilkis 35
  • Kozani 39
  • Corinth 25
  • Kos 13
  • Laconia 5
  • Larissa 46
  • Lasithi 9
  • Lesvos 4
  • Magnesia 17
  • Milos 5
  • Mykonos 1
  • Xanthi 10
  • Paros 1
  • Pella 33
  • Pieria 2
  • Rethymnon 6
  • Rodopi 8
  • Rhodes 11
  • Samos 3
  • Serres 16
  • Trikala 7
  • Fthiotida 24
  • Florina 2
  • Fokida 4
  • Chalkidiki 8
  • Chania 12
  • Chios 9
  • Under investigation 29

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