The Greek government implements strict epidemic prevention measures during the festival.
According to the data, from the evening of December 31 to the early morning of January 1 local time, the Greek police carried out a total of 77,940 inspections throughout the country, of which 9,247 were carried out at Athens International Airport, punishing a total of 1,668 violations, mainly due to not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing.
In addition, the Greek police also punished eight enterprises that violated the epidemic prevention regulations and arrested five people.
The Greek government closed eight subway stations in central Athens from 5 p.m. local time on January 1, and buses also stopped service early to avoid crowds of citizens to celebrate. The previous day, the police took similar measures.
During the New Year’s Day, the Greek police deployed about 10,000 police officers to the neighborhoods for inspection.
Greek police spokesman Cronopoulos called on people to control themselves when celebrating during the festival.
According to the latest epidemic notice issued by the Greek Ministry of Health on the evening of the 1st, in the past 24 hours, Greece has 597 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a total of 139,447 confirmed cases; 43 new deaths, with a total of 4,881 deaths.