Update – 21/07/2020
July 21, 2020
As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 4,012. Greek health authorities confirmed one more death from coronavirus in Greece in the last 24 hours, raising the total to 195. The number of patients treated in intensive care units stands at 12, while 124 patients have left the intensive care unit.
- Greece introduced stricter rules for foreign seasonal workers on Monday after a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the Balkans. Last year, more than 10,000 seasonal workers were employed in Greece’s agricultural sector, mainly from Albania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. “Land workers that exit the country before Aug. 4 will not be able to return until further notice,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told a news briefing. Seasonal workers were permitted into the country in early May under a three-month special licence. Petsas added that land entry to Greece will be allowed only via six northern border crossings to better control imported Covid-19 cases.
- The Greek government recently made it compulsory for all to wear face masks in super markets to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and to avoid a possible second wave. However, the super market is not the only indoor space where it is mandatory to wear face masks in Greece. It is also mandatory to wear face masks:
– in public transport (buses, trolleys, trains, metro)
– in taxis
– in hospitals
– in the doctor’s offices
– in medical centers
– in beauty salons
– on ships
– on planes
Those who do not wear a face mask in the above spaces, will be required to pay a fine of 150 euros.
- Covid-19 testing on board ferries traveling to the Greek islands, mask wearing inside ships, as well as measures to limit crowding at small island ports are being implemented, said Maritime and Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis. The minister said coast guard officials would continue coronavirus screening on board all ferries during the entire summer period, adding however that the number of virus incidents on the islands “were not worrying, our islands are safe.
- Plakiotakis said the ministry was in continuous cooperation with epidemiologists and health experts, revising when necessary the health protocols for ferry transport services. He added that relevant announcements were expected in the coming days. The minister also reminded that all passengers are required by law to wear masks inside the ship and optionally outside as long as 1.5 meter distancing is observed.
GOVERMENTAL SUPPORT PACKAGE The European Union has reached a “reasonable and fair compromise” that puts at the bloc’s disposal the shared financial resources needed to tackle the challenges of the pandemic, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Tuesday after a marathon summit in Brussels. He said Greece would receive more than 70 billion euros in aid. His government would manage the package “with responsibility and prudence.” The overall objective, he said, would be Greece’s “productive reconstruction.”