As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,519. No new Covid-19 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours and the death toll remains at 192. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 8, while 118 patients have left the intensive care unit.
Greece will ban the entry of Serb tourists starting 6 a.m. Monday because of the spike in coronavirus cases in that country, officials say. The ban will last until July 15, but could be extended. Only essential travel (e.g. for professional reasons) is permitted. Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, confirmed the ban, calling on his fellow citizens to cancel plans to travel to Greece. The Serbian government had announced emergency measures for the capital, Belgrade, Friday due to a spike in new coronavirus cases. Quarantine measures in four other cities were announced last Monday.
Low-cost carrier Ryanair on Thursday announced the resumption of flights to Athens and Thessaloniki after almost four months of keeping them grounded due to COVID-19 restrictions. The carrier’s full schedule went into effect on July 1, and includes 30 international routes connecting Athens to European and Mediterranean destinations such as Bologna, Berlin and Charleroi.
GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT MEASURES
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday presented additional measures centered on jobs and support for business. The additional five-pronged plan includes a zero advance tax for businesses whose first-half turnover has dropped by 35% compared to the first half of 2019 (a reduction of 30-70% for the rest), as well as for seasonal companies.
Secondly, a third cycle is starting for returnable deposits while, thirdly, the 60% subsidy from the state for all employer contributions to the Syn-Ergasia program is being extended until October. Fourthly, seasonal companies will not pay any employer contributions for the July-August-September quarter. Finally, the possibility of suspending employee contracts will be extended throughout the range of tourism businesses.