Update – 11/08/2020
August 11, 2020
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 5,749. 1 new death was reported raising the total number to 213. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 24 – up from 22 on Monday. A total of 129 patients have left the ICUs.
After the country announced the presence of a total of 203 new cases of the coronavirus in Sunday, Greece decided to take swift action and introduce new measures to combat the spread of the virus this Summer on Monday.
The alternate spokesperson for the Greek government, Aristotelia Peloni, announced on Monday that the 85th annual Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, a major event which draws attendees from all over the world, previously scheduled for September 5-13, has now been cancelled. However, the Prime Minister will still go to Thessaloniki to deliver a speech there, as is the custom at the Fair, but this year it will be delivered to a limited audience.
Mrs. Peloni also announced that nationwide, a total of 650,998 tests have been performed to detect the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Only 7,274 of these samples were found positive (which includes multiple samples from the same person in some cases).
17 out of the 38 migrants and refugees who arrived on the shores of the Plomari area on the Greek island of Lesvos on August 4 were found to be infected by the coronavirus and have been put in quarantine.
The Museum of the Stoa of Attalos, in the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora in Athens, will remain closed for 14 days due to the detection of a coronavirus case.
Regarding yesterday’s cases:
- 10 were detected during the tests carried out at Greece’s entry points
- 26 are imported cases, 17 of which are the migrants and refugees in Lesvos
- 38 cases were detected in the regional unit of Attica, at least half of which reported close contact with a confirmed case or travelling history in areas with confirmed cases
- 18 cases were detected in the regional unit of Thessaloniki,
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Viotia
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Evros
- 2 cases were detected in the regional unit of Dodekanisos
- 2 cases were detected in the regional unit of Kerkyra
- 3 cases were detected in the regional unit of Heraklion in Crete
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Kavala
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Ilia
- 3 cases were detected in the regional unit of Magnesia
- 2 cases were detected in the regional unit of Korinthia
- 3 cases were detected in the regional unit of Kastoria
- 5 cases were detected in the regional unit of Larissa
- 3 cases were detected in the regional unit of Chalkidiki, 2 of which are connected to the olive factory
- 3 cases were detected in the regional unit of Pella
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Preveza
- 1 case was detected in the regional unit of Serres
- 2 cases were detected in the regional unit of Trikala
- All events in Greece which are held with the attendees standing, rather than sitting, have now been banned nationwide. This includes all concerts and other musical and performance events at which the audience typically stands together in a large group.
- Beginning on August 17, all air travel passengers from the nations of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands must present a negative PCR test for the coronavirus which were performed up to 72 hours before arrival in Greece.
- Beginning on August 17, it will be mandatory for all those entering Greece by way of land border crossing gates to present a negative PCR test as well — even for Greek citizens returning to the country from abroad. The test must have been performed in the country the traveler is coming from, not in Greece.
- Beginning on Tuesday, the 11th of August, all bars in some regions of Greece will now have to close their doors from midnight until 7 AM. This rule will be in effect in Crete, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, as well as the regions of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Larissa and Corfu. This new ruling also applies to bars in the municipalities of Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Santorini, Volos, Katerina, Rhodes, Zaykynthis (Zante) and Kos. The new ban may be extended to other areas, as it is determined by ongoing research into the epidemiological data.
- Beginning on August 16, Greece’s General Secretariat for Civil Protection has decreed that only 750 people per day will be allowed to enter the country through the border gate at Kakavia.
- The Secretariat also announced on Monday that the region of Larissa is now subject to extraordinary measures to contain the virus, including the closure of all bars from 11 PM to 7 AM the next day. Additionally, there will be no trade fairs, markets, processions, or other public events there from that time onward. Also, for the Larissa region, that same authority also stipulated that masks are to be worn by all members of the public at all times from this point onward — even outdoors. There will also be no gatherings allowed whatsoever of more than nine people in the Larissa region, for any reason, whether in public or in private homes. Only four individuals are now allowed at dining tables unless they are close relatives. In that case, up to six people are allowed to dine together.