Greece announced on Tuesday that all remaining measures introduced to combat Covid-19 will be lifted except in public and private health facilities and nursing homes for the elderly.
Health Minister Thanos Plevris said his ministry’s coronavirus experts committee had approved his proposal to lift measures.
The formal end of the coronavirus measures for the general public will be announced shortly.
“What remains, however, is the need to protect vulnerable groups against Covid-19 and, for this reason, we recommend keeping the personal protection measures, keeping vaccinations up to date, and taking antivirus therapy if infected,” the minister said.
Covid-19 caused more than 36,000 deaths in Greece
The virus appeared in Greece in February 2020, and counter-measures that were introduced shortly after were updated on a periodic base thereafter.
According to Worldometer, throughout this period 5,896,788 cases of Covid-19 were detected in Greece. 36,283 people died of the virus.
New Covid-19 cases peaked in January 2022 and remained high during last winter. There was also a spike in the summer of 2022. Since then, detected new cases have decreased significantly.
Recently the US Energy Department concluded that an accidental laboratory leak in China most likely caused the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conclusion from the energy department – which oversees a network of 17 US laboratories, including areas of advanced biology – is significant despite the fact that, as the report said, the agency made its updated judgment with “low confidence”.