On Friday, Greek health authorities announced that there were 287 new coronavirus cases and three deaths in the country over the last 24 hours.
Of the new cases, only 15 were discovered through testing of foreign visitors at Greece’s borders, while 43 were linked to already-known outbreaks.
The majority of the cases, 158, were located in the region of Attica.
Covid cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic total 12,734. While 2,340 are linked to foreign travel, 5,601 stem from contact with an already confirmed case.
The total number of deaths in those who have succumbed with the virus in Greece since the start of the pandemic is now 300. The majority of those who passed away with the virus were either over the age of 70 or had an underlying health condition.
There are currently 52 intubated patients being treated in Greek hospitals. The majority of these patients, 41, are men, and their median age is 70.
The recent sharp increase in cases, including Thursday’s record 372 cases in a 24-hour period, as well as many intubated patients, has caused worry among Greek health officials.
Schools around the country are set to open on Monday. In the event of a case of the virus being detected at a school, the Health and Education Ministries will form a task force to handle the closures of the facilities according to health and sanitation measures.
Additionally, all educational institutions, including nurseries and kindergartens, must undergo special health checks, ordered by the Minitstries of Health and Education.
Greek health officials noted, however, that they now consider the islands of Paros and Antiparos, after witnessing an increase in cases, to be in a better position in terms of containing the virus.
Currently, the use of masks in outdoor and indoor spaces is mandatory on the islands of Paros and Antiparos, and all gatherings of over nine people are banned. Outdoor markets, parties, and church services, along with any other activity involving large groups are not allowed. Bars, cafes, and restaurants must remain closed from midnight until 7 a.m.
These strict measures on the two islands will come to an end on Tuesday.