Greece Tightens Lockdown In Northern Greece As Cases Climb
Greece will shut one border crossing with Albania and conduct rapid COVID19 tests on all visitors at its land borders, its government spokesman said on Thursday, as cases in northern Greece continue to rise unabated.
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ATHENS: Greece will shut one border crossing with Albania and conduct rapid COVID-19 tests on all visitors at its land borders, its government spokesman said on Thursday, as cases in northern Greece continue to rise unabated.
Greece has seen a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks which forced it to impose a nationwide lockdown, its second this year. Its northern regions, including the city of Thessaloniki, have been hit the most.
The latest measures will come into effect on Friday morning at 0400 GMT, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, urging residents to also implement restrictions on movement.
“We understand there is fatigue. If we relax now, we’ll pay for it,” Petsas told reporters, adding that the country was faced with “war conditions”.
Greece has reported 82,034 infections and 1,288 deaths in total since the pandemic broke out. On Wednesday, it registered 3,209 new cases, 905 of them in the wider Thessaloniki region.
Asked about media reports on whether the government was considering transferring patients from northern Greece to Athens in trains, Petsas did not rule it out: “It could happen if needed, as long as we win the battle against the virus”.
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