The daily cases of Covid-19 recorded in Greece remained elevated on Friday, as 2,691 total new infections were recorded across the country and new measures for the unvaccinated came into effect.
The current figure marks 103 fewer instances of the virus than the 2,794 cases that had been recorded on Thursday.
Just 11 of Friday’s total cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 132 patients with Covid-19 on ventilators in Greece, which is three fewer than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Thursday.
Tragically, 14 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is eight more than those who died with the virus on Thursday.
New Covid-19 measures for restaurants, indoor spaces
The new rules for the hospitality and entertainment sectors, including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and places of entertainment, will be in effect throughout Greece on Friday.
Government officials warning that inspections will be frequent and strict in order to ensure compliance with the measures. The Covid-19 measures, which will apply from July 16 until August 31 in Greece, include the following:
- Only seated customers (no dancing or standing at the bar) will be permitted in places of entertainment, either indoors or outdoors.
- Indoor spaces (restaurants, cinemas and theaters, etc.) can only operate as Covid-free venues that admit only Covid-immune customers (either through vaccination or the presence of antibodies from previous infection) and operate at 85 percent capacity.
- Indoor places of entertainment, in particular, are permitted to operate only as Covid-free venues with the coverage of up to 85 percent of usable surface area while also observing the distancing and protection rules.
- All places of entertainment, both indoors and outdoors, must follow the minimum distancing rules that apply for the restaurant sector.
- Owners of outdoor places of entertainment can also choose to operate them as Covid-free areas.
- Minors can only enter Covid-free hospitality or entertainment venues after taking a negative self-test that is attested to by a parent.
Delta variant of Covid-19 takes hold in Greece
Half of Greece’s daily coronavirus cases have now been linked to the Delta variant, according to Demetrios Thanos, President of the Biomedical Research Foundation at the Academy of Athens.
This determination proves that the fast-spreading Delta variant, first discovered in the country in late April of this year, has dug its claws into the country much more quickly than experts previously estimated.
The rise in cases of the Delta variant could explain the sharp rise in coronavirus cases recorded in Greece as of late.
Thanos claims that this increase in Covid-19 cases in Greece, as well as the presence of the Delta variant in the country, indicate that the country is already in its fourth wave of the virus.
According to data released by the Greek National Public Health Organization, the Delta variant has spread widely throughout the country, mainly amongst the youth of the country.