Greece introduces stricter anti-coronavirus measures on ferries

Greece introduces stricter anti-coronavirus measures on ferries

Photo: EPA An officer of the Hellenic Coast Guard directs a traveler as passengers are queuing to board the Blue Star Delos passenger ferry, at the port of Piraeus near Athens, 5 July 2021.

New coronavirus rules apply on Greek ferries from Monday. Travellers must present at least one negative rapid coronavirus test no more than 48 hours old when starting their journey. Also valid is a PCR test of no more than 72 hours or proof of a complete vaccination or recovery from a coronavirus infection, dpa reported. The measures have been introduced due to an increase in new coronavirus infections in Greece.

The Greek health authority has reported more than 700 new coronavirus cases per day in the past few days, compared to between 200 and 400 per day in the previous week.The government is concerned about the particularly contagious Delta variant of the virus, which has been detected in Crete, among other places.

Greece had lifted most of the anti-coronavirus measures in the past few weeks because the number of cases was low.

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