Greek Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias announced a series of new emergency lockdown measures on Thursday for the regions of western Attica that have been unable to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The new measures will be in effect in Elefsina, Aspropygo, Vilia, and Mandra for seven days, beginning on Friday at 6 AM.
In a press conference on Thursday, Chardalias announced that curfew in western Attica will now run from 6 PM until 5 AM.
Nationwide, a curfew is in already effect from 10 PM until 5 AM.
Additionally, Chardalias announced that bookstores, as well as hair and nail salons, which only just opened on Monday, will close once again, along with all farmers markets.
All religious services, apart from funerals, which will be limited to ten guests, will be on hold for seven days in the region.
The retail sector in Greece has been partially opened, on a curbside service only basis, since Monday, allowing customers to order products online or over the phone and then pick them up from the store at specific times.
In Elefsina, Aspropyrgo, Vilia, and Mandra, this curbside option will be halted for one week.
In order to acquire a full picture of the region’s epidemiological status, Chardalias announced that the state will conduct mass testing and extensive contact tracing in order to best curb the spread of Covid-19 in western Attica.
Those who work in nursing homes in the areas of western Attica will be subject to Covid-19 testing every five days in hopes of avoiding any more potential outbreaks.
The latest set of anti-virus measures is aimed at halting a potential increase in cases during the holiday season, when officials fear that gatherings and parties under lockdown could further spread the virus in Greece.
Greece Records 1,155 New Cases, 78 Deaths Thursday
Greece recorded a total of 1,155 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, and 78 people with the virus passed away in the 24-hour-period. Currently, 542 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece.
Yesterday, Wednesday, 1,190 cases of the virus were diagnosed in Greece, and a total of 85 people passed away with the virus on Wednesday, which is seven more than the deaths recorded on Thursday.
For the past four days, the number of intubated patients in Greece has remained around 550, indicating some stabilization in the amount of patients requiring intensive treatment.
In total, 128,710 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, including all those who have recovered from the virus. Of this total, 5,171 are associated with foreign travel, and 37,197 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 542 patients intubated currently, 77.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions.
Their median age is 66, and 165 of the patients are female. A total of 782 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 78 new deaths recorded on Thursday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 3,948. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 1,585 have been female.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.6% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.