Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Greece's high schools reopened on Monday after a five-month closure to curb coronavirus infections with precautions including virus tests for students and teachers twice per week, the education minister said.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday called for the "swift resolution" of a probe into a crime journalist's shock murder, condemned by leading EU officials, political parties and unions, AFP reported.
Greece will provide more financial aid to businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions in April, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Monday, as shops reopened despite surging Covid-19 case numbers, Reuters reported.
Greece is extending restrictions on domestic flights until 12 April and on international flights until 19 April as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Reuters reported. Passengers flying to Greece must receive a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival and undergo random testing for COVID-19. All foreign travellers are quarantined for seven days.
Greece will start slowly reopening as of Monday with retail as a first step, ekathimerini writes. Under the new rules shoppers will be allowed to order products remotely and collect them from outside stores (click-away) or book an appointment to go to a shop (click-in-shop). Bigt shopping malls will stay closed so far.
The European Union’s home affairs commissioner was meeting Tuesday with Greece’s prime minister and foreign minister, a day after touring two of the eastern islands in the Aegean Sea most heavily affected by migration into Europe.
Greece on Thursday celebrated 200 years since the start of its independence war with the Ottoman Empire with parades and ceremonies attended by foreign dignitaries, though the pandemic forced officials to scale back events, AFP reported from Athens.
The number of people in Greece that have been given at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine reached 1 million, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said cited by ekathimerini. Greece has taken “1 million steps closer to freedom,” the minister tweeted.
Greece’s health minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday that unless at least 200 private doctors volunteer to help the public health service’s battle against COVID-19 in the next 48 hours, he will recommend the prime minister orders the requisitioning of their services, AP reported.