Update – 16/07/2020
July 16, 2020
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 3,910. 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 123 patients have left the intensive care unit.
4 of the 27 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours were detected at the country’s entry points. The total number of coronavirus tests conducted in Greece since the start of the pandemic has risen to 391,773.
- Several islands including Corfu, Zakynthos, Rhodes and Crete welcomed the first direct flights from the UK following the lifting of a ban on Wednesday.
- Incoming visitors may have to take a targeted random test. Travelers who are tested for Covid-19 will have to self-isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in designated hotels in each regional capital and on the islands. The results of the diagnostic tests will determine whether or not direct flights from the UK will continue to be permitted.
- Strict rules are in place, including meticulous observance of hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene practices, the obligatory use of a mask, the observance of distances, the constant and careful cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and areas, especially where there is “contact”, as basic preconditions for the protection of passengers and employees at all airports in the country.
- Village festivals, the so-called “panigyria”, will likely be suspended until the end of the summer, Deputy Development Minister Nikos Papathanasis said on Thursday. The government is considering a tougher enforcement of health safety rules amid fears that public compliance has eased. The issue was discussed at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday.
- The tougher enforcement of health safety rules was the focus of a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Wednesday amid fears that public compliance has eased. Although the latest cases reported displayed a dip after Tuesday’s 58 infections, authorities are keen to ensure the general upward trend is contained. The Prime Minister said a priority was to protect the health of workers, particularly in busy tourist areas, and to ward against overcrowding. He also stressed the need for local authorities to enforce restrictions.
Officials and police checked 569 businesses – including beach bars, cafes, restaurants, and department stores – and recorded 51 transgressions. Officers imposed a total of 13,350 euros in fines and two of the businesses were ordered to close for 15 days.