Greek coronavirus cases reach 387, casualties at 5 – Border shutdown

Greece’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have reached 387, infectious diseases professor and coronavirus-related spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras said during his daily televised briefing on Tuesday.

There were 35 new cases since Monday, he said. A 67-year-old man with underlying health issues died of the infection, bringing the total of casualties to 5 since the virus hit Greece.
In addition, 14 people who were hospitalized with the virus have been discharged, he noted.

The average age of those killed by the virus is 68, all men.
To date, 14 people who have been hospitalized for the virus have been discharged from the country’s coronavirus reference hospitals.

Concerning being tested for coronavirus, Tsiodras reiterated that only people who have severe symptoms should be tested, not those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

“For every 5 infected people, there are another 95 who are mildly ill,” he said, noting that mass laboratory testing “poses the risk of spreading and exposing people to the virus, people who have similar – but not coronavirus – symptoms.”

Strict measures should be also observed for those returning from the United Kingdom, ‘who we will treat as if they have come into contact with someone who is infected,” he said, and would also “ ask them to keep a distance even from close family until at least 14 days have passed since the day they returned.”
Finally, Tsiodras said that judging from the health progress of Greek coronavirus patients, “some find it difficult to manage the complications of this virus, especially after the 5th and 7th days, as some develop an inflammatory syndrome (…), but we have also seen people improve and do much better,” he asserted.

Border shutdown

Citizens of non-EU countries will not be allowed to enter Greece as of Wednesday at 06:00, with strict exceptions related to urgent work or family matters, Civil Protection and Crisis Management Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Tuesday.

Speaking at the daily briefing on the coronavirus, following professor Tsiodras, Hardalias revealed a series of restrictive measures concerning entry into Greece.

Foreign nationals currently on holiday in Greece they should limit their movements in the country, while those who are in voluntary quarantine can leave the country anytime before the advised quarantine time expires, Hardalias said.

Greeks and non-Greek EU nationals currently abroad would be allowed to enter the country, but are strongly advised to remain in voluntary quarantine for 14 days.

Hotspot measures

To prevent and limit the spread of the coronavirus infection at refugee reception and identification centers, migrants and refugees should restrict their movements in the hotspots and off them. Those who wish to go to nearby towns for necessary tasks will be allowed to do so in small groups, with timed control, and only between between 07:00 and 19:00.