The total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 1156 at the moment. 41 people have died and 52 people have recovered. 69 cases have been reported as severe.
As of Monday, March 23, Greece’s state broadcaster ERT will be airing educational television programs for primary school children as part of the government’s drive to shift education online amid a protracted lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Secondary school pupils have already started distance learning and most senior high pupils have been attending online classes with their teachers in preparation for university entrance exams in May.
Greek citizens have the option as of Monday, March 23, of purchasing medications from pharmacists with the use of their mobile phones without having to present a doctor’s prescription in a printed form. In addition, doctors will be able to prescribe remote prescriptions for those with chronic diseases.
All retail shops that were shut down by the Greek government starting March 14 will remain closed until at least April 11.
A ban on visitors to the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece, which was introduced on March 19 has been extended through April 11.
GOVERNMENTAL AID PACKAGE
On Monday, March 30, the government announced a comprehensive package of measures for the support of businesses and employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Among the measures announced is the extension of a 800 million-euro handout to a total of 1.7 million workers along with an extension of a moratorium of their debts to the state for 4 months.
Protective measures will be extended to benefit a total of 800,000 affected businesses.A scheme has also been devised to support some 700,000 self-employed professionals and owners of small businesses.
A supplementary budget to address the fallout of the virus was also announced, with 5.1 billion euros in additional spending for March and April alone and a total of 6.8 billion euros set aside for the response to the pandemic.
The Greek state will provide 1 billion euros in guarantees for loans to struggling businesses.