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 2,114. 33 of them were added since Saturday afternoon April 11. 98 people have died, 15 people have recovered and 76 patients are intubated in intensive care units.
Schools, universities and all other educational institutions, both state and private, will remain closed until at least May 10 as part of the government’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Education Ministry announced on Friday, April 10. The government has yet to announce when university entrance examinations are to be held and to explain the logistics of how those tests will be conducted, namely how many pupils will be in each classroom and what distance they will sit apart. It was announced that senior high school pupils will only be tested on the material that had been taught up until March 11, when the government announced the closure of all schools.
Greek authorities on Friday, April 10, stressed that the continued containment of the coronavirus pandemic will be a delicate affair after quarantining a Roma settlement on the outskirts of Larissa in central Greece, following an outbreak of the virus among residents. The settlement, which hosts around 3,000 people, was put on lockdown after a 32-year-old man tested positive for Covid-19. Subsequent tests on other residents at the camp revealed that at least 20 were infected.
Residents of other camps in the nearby areas of Tyrnavos, Farsala and Karditsa are to undergo testing too. Authorities also quarantined a migrant reception center in Koutsohero, near Larissa. Meanwhile all street markets in the broader region of Thessaly have been suspended after it emerged that most of the camp residents who tested positive for Covid-19 work at such markets.
A retirement home in Nea Makri, east of Athens, was put under quarantine late on Sunday, April 12, after residents tested positive for the coronavirus.
Food stores in Greece will open on Orthodox Palm Sunday (April 12) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to facilitate customers who want to buy their supplies for Easter, following a decision by Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis. During Orthodox Easter Week, starting April 13, food stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 8 p.m. on Easter Saturday (April 18).
The government will establish a Covid-19 registry as a reference point for Greek cases of the coronavirus epidemic, the Health and Digital Governance Ministries announced on Friday. The registry is expected to help formulate therapy protocols in hospitals for people who have been infected or will be infected by the virus and facilitate coordination among several government agencies. It will also allow attending doctors to follow their patients’ progress through telemedicine and to prescribe necessary medication.