Greece reports 2,155 new COVID-19 cases.
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On Friday, Greece reported 2,155 new cases and 66 deaths. There are currently 802 patients on ventilators in Greek hospitals. The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) said that 56,469 tests (15,681 PCR and 40,788 rapid antigen) were conducted over the past 24 hours.
Last month Greece started relaxing some measures after having been in lock-down since November 2020. The reopening of shops was of utmost importance to rescue the country from the deep recession it was in. Greece economic output shrank 8.2% in 2020.
Unfortunately, the situation in Greece did not change and the number of cases have actually increased, but at least, Greece is rapidly vaccinating its public. Around 16% of the country’s residents received atleast one dose of the vaccine. But despite the soaring infection rates, the country is proceeding in planning to open the country for travel.
They announced that they will extend the travel quarantine until complete reopening, to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Travelling to Greece would not be available until 14th May. Passengers coming from a list of accepted countries will have to quarantine for seven days. To avoid quarantining, passengers must either prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present the results of a coronavirus PCR test taken within the past 72-hour period.
Since the pandemic began Greece reported 345,033 cases and 10,381 deaths.