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Covid-19: 262 Cases, 40 Deaths Recorded in Greece Saturday

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A total of 262 Covid-19 cases were diagnosed in Greece on Saturday, and 40 people with the virus passed away in the country over the past 24 hour period.
Currently, 431 patients with Covid-19 are intubated in Greece.
A large portion of Saturday’s cases were diagnosed in the areas surrounding Greece’s two largest urban centers — Athens and Thessaloniki.
In Attica, home to the capital city of Athens, there were 111 cases. A total of 36 new cases were recorded in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.
In total, 139,709 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, 5,457 are associated with foreign travel, and 41,741 are associated with contact with a known case.
Of the 431 patients intubated currently, 79.8% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their median age is 67, and 288 of the patients are male.
A total of 896 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 40 new deaths recorded on Saturday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 4,921. Of all those who lost their lives after suffering from the virus, a total of 2,918 have been male.
The median age of those who passed away with Covid-19 is 79, and 95.5% of them were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

Stricter Lockdown Measures Announced

With the hopes of opening schools, closed in the country since mid-November, on January 11, Greece will return to a strict lockdown starting 6:00 AM Sunday.
The new measures will be in effect until Monday, January 11, when the country’s epidemiological situation will be assessed.
Seeking to add a much-needed boost to the economy, officials announced the opening of book stores, seasonal holiday stores, and hair and nail salons in December.
Additionally, a curbside service was put in place, allowing customers to order goods online or through the phone and then pick them up from the store at a designated time.
Starting Sunday, this curbside service will end, and all non-essential businesses, even those open for the holidays, will be closed.
To leave their homes, Greeks still must send an SMS to a government hotline number 13033 that includes their reason for movement.
Currently, the country is under a curfew from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, and only those who are going to or from work or have an emergency may break it.
From Sunday on, this curfew will run from 9:00 PM  to 5:00 AM, as it was at the beginning of the country’s lockdown in November.
Churches will remain closed during the period, and the traditional celebration of the Epiphany on January 7, the Blessing of the Waters, will not take place.
The tradition involves swimmers diving into bodies of water to retrieve a cross that has been blessed and thrown into the depths by a Greek Orthodox priest.
Services for the Epiphany will take place outdoors, and without the faithful present.

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