Greece to limit public gatherings as virus infections rise

The Greek government is preparing to restrict public gatherings and suspend cultural events for two weeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the regional unit of Attica, where most new infections are recorded, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday, cited by Ekathimerini.

“I am fully prepared, following the relevant suggestion of the [expert] committee today, to take some additional measures regarding public gatherings, the suspension of cultural events for 14 days, measures that encourage teleworking in both the public and private sectors, in order to limit unnecessary commuting,” he said at the start of a regular teleconference discussing developments with the coronavirus in the country which was shown live on public broadcaster ERT.

Mitsotakis urged citizens to uphold the health and social distancing rules that have already been announced so as to avoid taking tougher measures in the future. He said an emphasis should be placed on the use of face masks in public transport.

Health authorities on Thursday announcing 359 new cases and nine new deaths.

Mitsotakis expressed concern over the rising number of intubations in the country, which rose to 69 on Thursday, but added that the pressure “is not so big” yet in intensive care units.

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