Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas on Monday noted that the second wave of covid-19 was underway across Europe and that, according to the latest ECDC assessment, most European countries are classified as high risk of danger. epidemiological.
“Greece continues to be among the best countries. Together with the Scandinavian countries, [it is among] the best EU countries in terms of number of cases, “he said.
However, in response to this new situation and to avert the worst, the government has already applied two new measures: “The curfew from 12:30 to 05:00 in all epidemiologically burdened regions (level 3 and 4) and the use mandatory face masks everywhere. It is obvious that we have three difficult months ahead of us and we have an obligation to strictly follow the measures, first of all to save lives and secondly to avoid putting undue pressure on the health system and, finally, to avoid imposing even stricter measures. Furthermore, for the first time since the beginning of this adventure, the prospect of a safe and effective vaccine at the end of the year or early 2021 is visible at the horizon and the government has ensured that we will have it on time and deploy it as quickly as possible. “
Petsas also said the government is not considering closing restaurants, cafes and bars before midnight, nor imposing restrictions on the movement of the elderly (over 65) and vulnerable groups, to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in areas high risk.
However, he said authorities will continue to step up compliance checks in high-risk areas.
“It has been noted that the spread of the virus is mainly among young people. This is why experts, the Prime Minister and the government are calling on young people to show caution and avoid mass gatherings, ”Petsas added.
Earlier this month, the government launched an interactive COVID-19 map that allows citizens and visitors to quickly find out more about the epidemiological situation in Greece and find out what measures are in place. Click here for website- covid19.gov.gr.
Latest covid-19 numbers in Greece
Greece recorded 715 new cases of COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period, the largest daily spike since the first case was recorded in the country at the end of February.
This brings the total number of cases to 31,496.
3,883 are considered to relate to travel from abroad and 1,194 relate to an already known case.
Ninety-five people are in intensive care. Their average age is 65 and 32 of them are women. 95.8% have an underlying condition or are 70 years of age or older.
A total of 274 patients have been discharged from intensive care units since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
The death toll from a pandemic in the country is 581. The average age of all was 79 and 96.2% of the deceased had an underlying condition and / or aged 70 or older.