Greece records no daily deaths, stresses masks

Greek authorities announced 19 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths over the past 24 hours.


Total confirmed cases since the outbreak of the epidemic are 3,983, with 194 deaths.

Despite the relatively low number of cases, authorities are concerned about increasing evidence that social distancing guidelines aren’t being followed. On Saturday, they extended mandatory wearing of masks to supermarket customers and are considering expanding the mask requirement.

Supermarket employees and customers have to wear face masks as of Saturday, according to a joint ministerial decision issued on Friday. The news was announced by the Secretary General of Commerce and Consumer, Panagiotis Stampoulidis.

Those not wearing masks face a fine of 150 euros.

"It shouldn't be difficult to apply the measure," said Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Nikos Papathanasis.

Wearing a mask at supermarkets by customers had been recommended, but not enforced, until now.

Coronavirus tests that were conducted on travellers who arrived in Greece from the United Kingdom two days after direct flights were allowed from the country came back negative, but two passengers from London who transited in EU airports were positive. Health authorities conducted 1,366 tests on July 15 and 1,437 tests on July 17 on passengers who arrived from several UK cities, including Birmingham and Manchester.

The two travellers who arrived from London through Paris and Larnaca tested positive have been isolated and authorities have traced their contacts.

Health teams will continue to mass-test UK arrivals and will announce the results in the coming days.

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