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Greece’s COVID-19 infections accounted for 2,000 cases, while the government does not tighten restrictive measures

Greece’s COVID-19 infections accounted for 2,000 cases, while the government does not tighten restrictive measures
Greece’s COVID-19 infections accounted for 2,000 cases, while the government does not tighten restrictive measures

 


ATHENS, Oct 31 (Xinhua) – Greece’s COVID-19 infections hit the mark of 2,000 cases on Saturday after the government announced tougher restrictive measures to control the further spread of the coronavirus.

The National Organization of Public Health reported 2,056 new infections in the past 24 hours bringing the country’s total to 39,251 since it was first diagnosed in Greece on February 26th.

It’s a new daily record high in the last eight months and the 10th time a new record is being set in October. The first was registered the day before with 1,690 cases.

Six people have died since Friday, bringing the total to 626 victims.

Currently 135 patients are being treated at the ICU, it was also reported.

Amid rising issues, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis earlier Saturday announced a new set of restrictions that will begin on November 3rd and last until December in a bid to avoid a full-blown blockade across the country like that of set in spring.

The use of face masks becomes mandatory inside and outside the country, while a night curfew from midnight to 5 am which is applied only in regions with heavy epidemiological load, extends throughout the country.

All rallies have been suspended, universities will offer online courses, while schools will remain open and half of the workforce in the public and private sectors will work from home.

In regions of high alert with heavy epidemiological load, which include Attica, restaurants and cafes are closing, with the exception of pick-up and drop-off services.

Authorities will also close indoor gyms, cinemas, theaters and museums, while open-air archeological sites, hotels, shopping malls, retail stores and hair salons will continue to operate.

As the world struggles to contain the pandemic, countries including Germany, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are vying for a vaccine.

According to the World Health Organization website, as of October 29, there were 201 candidate COVID-19 vaccines being developed worldwide, and 45 of them were in clinical trials.



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