As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday at 6 pm, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 1,884. 83 people have died, 10 more people have recovered and 84 patients are intubated in intensive care units.
The government has announced a further tightening of measures restricting the movement of people by land, sea and air ahead of Easter as part of the effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. The measures will apply until April 27.
The Hellenic Police set up checkpoints on Wednesday afternoon, April 8, at highway toll stations throughout the country, on side roads and on regional roads to and from urban centers. At the same time, the coast guard is conducting checks at ports.
People at airports, ports, railway stations and intercity bus stations (KTEL) will only be allowed to travel if they are carrying income tax returns certifying that their permanent residence is their intended destination. These same people will not be able to return from their destination until the measures end on April 27. Those caught violating the rules will be fined 300 euros – double the 150 euros which had been the fine until today – while their license plates will be removed for 60 days. In addition, up until April 27, residents will only be allowed to travel from small to larger islands within the same municipality for visits to pharmacies, doctors, supply stores and banks (if e-commerce is not possible).
It was also announced that plans by several mayors to distribute the Holy Flame, taken from Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, to citizens’ homes will not be allowed.
The administration of the Mount Athos monastic community in northern Greece decided on Wednesday, April 8, to continue prohibiting the admission of pilgrims and other visitors until April 20. The only people excluded from the measure are employees and other “necessary professionals”.