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Greece Confirms 771 New Coronavirus Cases in Upward Trend

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Greek heath authorities confirmed 771 new coronavirus cases on Friday, an increase of ten individuals over the previous day. This is the third day in a row of an increase in coronavirus cases, with 729 cases reported on Wednesday.

In addition, the Greek National Public Health Organization (EODY) reported that there were ten deaths in the past 24 hours in the country.

Four of these cases involved tourists tested upon arrival at Greece’s points of entry.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 424,165, including all those who have recovered from the coronavirus, with 12,722 having succumbed with the virus.

A total of 186 patients are now on ventilators, however, down from the 189 who were undergoing the invasive treatment one day ago.

In the confirmed cases over the last seven days, 93 Covid-19 infections are related to travel from abroad and 677 to other confirmed cases.

Mandatory coronavirus self-testing for students upheld by top Greek court

The median age of new infections in Greece is now 43 years, while the median age of the deceased is 78.

On Thursday, parents and teachers in Greece’s primary and secondary schools lost their bid to end obligatory self-testing for schools, after a decision by the Council of State was handed down.

Greece’s top administrative court first considered an injunction filed by 50 parents and teachers on June 22. The group asked for the revocation of a May 18 ministerial decision obliging students and teachers to present negative Covid-19 self-tests every week in order to be allowed to attend school.

The coronavirus tests have been distributed free of charge in pharmacies across Greece since the ruling was first put in place.

In its decision, the Council of State said the ruling was based on reasons of public interest. It stated that the measure “serves compelling reasons of public interest, consisting of protecting public health during the (recent) restart of schools under pandemic conditions.”

The formal publication of the verdict is pending.

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