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Greece to Further Ease Coronavirus Restrictions

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Greece will ease its existing coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, Greek Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias announced on Wednesday.

Since the country reopened after its six-month lockdown in May, there has been a nightly curfew running from 12:00 AM until 5:30 AM.

Starting Saturday, June 12, the nightly curfew will be moved to 1:30AM.

The curfew will end entirely on July 1, and nightclubs, which remained closed, will likely reopen on the same date.

Music to return to bars, restaurants, cafes

Since Greece’s lockdown ended, bars, restaurants, and cafes with outdoor seating have been open for business — but without music.

The measure was put in place to prevent further spread of the virus, as experts believed people would talk louder to be heard over the music, which emits more droplets into the air.

Music will return, however, on Saturday, according to the latest safety measures.

According to the latest easing of Greece’s coronavirus measures, which were approved by a panel of epidemiologists, Private tutoring schools, or “frontistiria,” will open their doors again on Saturday.

Starting on July 1, couples will be permitted to have up to 300 guests at their weddings.

Greece records 890 Coronavirus cases, 15 deaths

Greece recorded 890 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, which marks 449 fewer instances of the virus than the 1,339 cases recorded on Tuesday.

Just two of Wednesday’s total cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 381 patients with Covid-19 on ventilators in Greece, which is the same amount of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Tuesday.

Tragically, 15 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which represents 15 fewer than those who died with the virus on Tuesday.

448 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Attica alone; 84 in Thessaloniki

Of the 890 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 448 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.

Instances of the virus were particularly high in the city itself, where 154 cases of Covid-19 were identified Wednesday.

Tests showed that in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, a total of 84 cases of Covid-19 had been diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

Over 400,000 total coronavirus cases in Greece

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 412,420 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.

Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 39 are associated with foreign travel and 1,604 have been linked to contact with a known case.

Of the 381 patients intubated currently, 87.7% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 67.

On Wednesday alone, 106 people with the coronavirus were admitted to hospitals in Greece.

Additionally, a total of 2,532 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 15 new deaths recorded on Wednesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 12,346; 95.2% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

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