Kalymnos, the Greek island in the Dodecanese archipelago, has been placed under strict coronavirus lockdown as of Thursday, New Year’s Eve, the government said on Wednesday.
The measures go into effect at 6:00 AM on Thursday and continue through Saturday, Jan. 9.
Kalymnos is one of the areas in which a spike in coronavirus cases has prompted the government to issue warnings against New Year’s celebrations.
While numerically, the cases appear to be low (12), last week’s spike was very high, as a ratio of the total population.
Restrictive lockdown measures on Kalymnos
Residents of the island are forbidden to leave the island for any reason whatever except for health care.
In addition, they are to observe an evening curfew from 6:00 PM every day to 5:00 the next morning.
Religious services and ceremonies are completely banned, and retail stores are shut down.
The Region of the North Aegean and the municipality of Kalymnos will see to it that residents have all food and necessary supplies they need, such as medicine and other emergency needs.
The health committee related to the measures will meet on Jan. 9 to decide whether the restrictions need to be extended.
Areas with high ratio of Covid cases
International data shows that coronavirus cases tend to rise after holidays, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday, adding that “how we have behaved on New Year’s will show up two weeks later.”
At a briefing, Kikilias appealed “from the heart to think of our dear ones and of health workers” and to observe health measures and restrictions.
He noted that the highest ratio of new cases per 100,000 people were registered in the following areas last week: Kalymnos island (12), Kozani (19), Kilkis (24), West Attica (30), Evros (48), Thassos island, Rodopi (21), Florina (10), Lesvos island (12) and Xanthi (13). Most of the mainland cities are in northern Greece.
942 new Covid cases in Greece
A total of 942 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed in Greece on Wednesday, which is 105 fewer than the 1,047 cases that had been recorded in the country just one day earlier, on Tuesday.
Tragically, 58 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24 hour period, which is the same figure as yesterday.
Currently, 443 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece, 14 fewer than those who were intubated in the country on Tuesday.
A large portion of Wednesday’s cases were diagnosed in the areas surrounding Greece’s two largest urban centers — Athens and Thessaloniki.