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New Covid-19 Cases Remain High in Greece

Covid cases in Greece
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Greece announced 3,491 new cases of Covid-19 and 67 fatalities had been diagnosed in the past 24 hours on Thursday.

Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic is now 267,172, with 8,160 dead.

A total of 755 patients are currently on ventilators in hospitals. Their median age is 68 years and 82.9 percent have an underlying condition and/or are aged 70 or above.

Another 1,717 individuals have been discharged from ICUs since the pandemic began.

In addition, 561 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours, a rise of 17.12 percent from the previous day.

The median age of new infections is 44 years, while the median age of the deceased is 79.

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The upward trend in new Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020. Credit: EODY

Retail shops in Greece to open after Covid-19 lockdown

After months of lockdown, retail shops in Greece will reopen on Monday, April 5, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias announced on Wednesday.

Customers — with appointments — will be permitted to do their shopping under extremely strict anti-virus measures, Chardalias stated. Large super-stores and malls will not be open at all, however.

Rather than sending a text message to the government’s toll free number 13033, used for all other movements under lockdown, Greeks will have to send a message to the number 13032 to go shopping.

Shops to open in Greece under strict safety measures; Trips outside of municipality permitted on the weekend.

Shoppers can either shop with “click-away,” or curbside pickup, or with “click in shop,” which involves making purchases inside of the store. Both require a prior appointment to shop.

Greeks can send only one message to shop each day, and they can only make their purchases for three hours.

In order to maintain social distancing, stores will be allowed to host one customer per 25 square meters (269 square feet), and a maximum of 20 shoppers in total.

Additionally, Greeks will now be permitted to leave their municipality — but not their regional unit — over the weekends. During the week, they must stay inside the municipality where their residence is located.

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