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Coronavirus Cases Spike in Greece, Mini Lockdown in Heraklion

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The spectacular harbor of Heraklion, Crete. New strict coronavirus measures were announced there on Tuesday. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece recorded a rise in the number of daily coronavirus cases in the country on Tuesday, as 4,181 total cases were recorded across the nation.

The current figure marks 1,586 more instances of the virus than the 2,595 cases that had been recorded on Monday. The average age of those who tested positive for the virus in Greece is 40.

A total of 11 of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 219 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 12 more than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Monday.

Tragically, 20 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is the same figure as those who died with the virus on Monday.

New coronavirus measures in Heraklion

There will be new, more stringent coronavirus restrictions for Heraklion, Crete per an announcement from the Greek government on Tuesday.

Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the fourth largest city in Greece.

According to a statement issued by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece, a nighttime curfew will be in place beginning at 6 AM Wednesday, August 11 until Tuesday, August 17.

According to the announcement, all people in Heraklion, including residents and visitors, will be barred from being able to leave their houses or hotel rooms beginning at 11:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following morning.

The only exceptions to this nighttime curfew will be for those who wish to go to and return from work or in case of a medical emergency.

Additionally, music will be banned in every public venue in Heraklion.

It is also noted that organized private events, such as parties with more than 20 people in private, non-professional venues are also banned, with fines being exceptionally stiff.

This particular ban applies to the entirety of Greece — not just these two specific regions.

”The administrative fine in case of violation amounts from 50,000 to 200,000 euros,” the Civil Protection of Greece reminded citizens.

The exact same type of restrictions were imposed earlier this month on the islands of Zakynthos and the city of Chania, Crete.

Earlier this summer, similar restrictions had also been imposed on the popular island destination of Mykonos, putting a damper on the social life of the island.

1,238 coronavirus cases in Attica, 554 in Crete

Of the 4,181 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, a stunning 1,238 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.

In the city of Athens, a total of 343 cases of Covid-19 were identified Tuesday.

A total of 554 coronavirus cases were found on the island of Crete.

In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece, 337 cases of the virus were identified on Tuesday.

Over 500,000 cases of coronavirus recorded in Greece

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 521,399 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 116 are associated with foreign travel and 2,489 have been linked to contact with a known case.

Of the 219 patients intubated currently, 84.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 65.

Additionally, a total of 2,848 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 19 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 13,118; 95.2% of those who have passed away with Covid-19 were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

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