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Greece announces two new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19

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The Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsokatis, announced two new measures, which were concluded after a teleconference he had with the Health Minister, Vassilis Kikilias and Deputy Minister for Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias, and Epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras. In the teleconference, the situation over the past 2 weeks was assessed.

The Government spokesman, Stelios Petsas than briefed the press about the conclusions drawn from the online meeting.

Mr. Petsas said, ‘Greece has a better epidemiological picture than most European countries and managed to control the imported incidents from tourists with a series of measures at the country’s airports.’

‘Complacency is still the enemy, as well as the phenomena of relaxation of self-protection measures that feed the virus. Complacency has led to the increase of cases in many Greek regions, but mostly in urban areas. However, this increase has not put significant pressure on the health system so far.’

Mr. Petas also warned that crowding in events involving a lot of people, such as bars, weddings and clubs are very dangerous as they will spread the virus easily.

The new measures are the mandatory mask wearing for everyone on passenger ships and banning any workers from reentering the country. This ban will extend till 18th August.

The spokesman added that the measures will be assessed daily and depending on the situation, will take additional steps.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Greece is now 4662. There were 208 deaths in total.

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