As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,409. One more patient died 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 118 patients have left the intensive care unit.
The rate at which the novel coronavirus is reproducing in Greece is at a very manageable level and a small spike in confirmed infections last week is the result of increased testing in areas where small outbreaks have been contained, according to a special government committee tasked with monitoring the evolution of the virus in the country. In its latest progress report, the Covid-19 observatory said that the rate of transmission, or Rt, in Greece is at 0.5, well below the level of 1, which indicates when an epidemic is under control.
Greece saw a spike of an average of 22 new infections a day in the June 17-25 period against 13 a day in June 11-17, the report said, adding, however, that the majority of these cases were reported in Xanthi, in northern Greece, which has been dealing with a small outbreak since the start of the month. In Attica new daily cases are in the single figures despite the much larger concentration of the population in the Greek capital, the report noted.
A total of 104 flights from abroad are scheduled to land at the country’s regional airports today, as borders reopen to foreign visitors from specific countries. This figure is down from 150 that had been expected to arrive up until late Tuesday. Overall, it will be the lowest volume of flights in decades at the country’s regional airports of Thessaloniki, Hania, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Corfu, Aktio, Skiathos, Kavala, Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Mytilene and Samos. With the exception of Sweden and the United Kingdom, two countries from which flights will not be allowed until July 15, there are no restrictions on arrivals from other European countries.
In addition, following European recommendations, Greece is opening its borders to travellers from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Morocco and the Vatican. It will be possible for holidaymakers from China to come to the European Union on the condition of reciprocity – i.e. if European travelers will be able to visit Beijing.
A prerequisite for entry into the country is the mandatory completion, 48 hours before departure time, of a special form on the travel.gov.gr platform with details including the traveler’s country of origin, stays in other countries and their accommodation address in Greece.
The indicative list of airlines landing as of Wednesday includes, among others, Lufthansa flying from Munich to Rhodes and Corfu and Hungary’s Wizz Air operating flights to Thessaloniki, Iraklio, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Zakynthos. Moreover on Tuesday, Alitalia announced that it is reconnecting Athens with Rome, with a daily route.