As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,883. No new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, leaving total fatalities from Covid-19 in Greece at 193. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 13, while 122 patients have left the intensive care unit.
28 of the 58 cases reported involved tourists tested upon arrival.
Stricter health checks have gone into effect at Greece’s border with Bulgaria following an increase in tourism-related Covid-19 cases. Starting today, all incoming travellers crossing the border are required to carry negative test results, issued in the previous 72 hours, and translated into English. Health experts advising the government to want tougher enforcement of health safety rules, warning that public compliance is low after months of strict lockdown.
Even as it gradually opens its borders to countries with a shakier record in containing the coronavirus than Greece, with a ban on direct flights from the United Kingdom lifted as of Wednesday, the government is mulling the imposition of new restrictions as the number of cases continues to rise. Among the measures being considered are the reimposition of a limit of six people at cafe and restaurant tables and making the wearing of a mask obligatory in all indoor public places.
While opening up to flights to the UK today and to Sweden next Wednesday, authorities are boosting inspections at Greece’s land border, demanding negative Covid tests from visitors following a spike in positive cases from Balkan countries last week. And if necessary, new restrictions will be introduced, officials say.
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a historic hotel in Athens, has announced that it will reopen its doors on July 15, after remaining closed for four months due to the Covid-19 health crisis. During that time the hotel’s executives from all departments regularly met to prepare for its reopening and enter a new phase for the restart of Greek tourism.