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 2,463. Another four infected people died, pushing the death toll to 125. 52 patients are intubated in intensive care units, while 57 patients have left the intensive care unit.
Greece will extend measures taken to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country by one week to May 4 from April 27, government spokesman announced on Thursday, April 23. He said the new plan on how to gradually recall some of the restrictions will be announced by the Prime Minister early next week.
Amid the lockdown on all places of worship and the restrictions on gatherings, the General Secretariat for Religion has issued instructions to Greece’s Muslim residents for the duration of Ramadan, which started on Thursday, April 23 and ends on May 23.
Accordingly, prayers during Ramadan can be performed at home. Moreover, Iftar – the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset – is allowed to take place only in houses, without any third parties (relatives, friends or other visitors).
In addition, no free spaces in Athens or other municipalities in the country will be granted for prayers for Eid al-Fitr – the Feast of Breaking the Fast – which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister said Thursday, April 23, that he is considering making the use of surgical masks on public transport mandatory when the government starts easing some of the restrictions introduced last month to curb the spread of the coronavirus. He said that the Ministry and Athens’ public transport operator OASA are planning to gradually increase services on the Athens metro, as well as buses and trolley buses.
GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT MEASURES
The government is planning to offer a subsidy for borrowers with housing loans secured against their main residence if it concerns individuals and entrepreneurs hurt by the coronavirus crisis, as an alternative to the main residence protection status which currently applies.