On November 26, the Greek government announced a one-week extension of the nationwide lockdown to meet the challenge of the worsening COVID-19 epidemic.
Earlier this month, the Greek government decided to implement a second round of national blockade between November 7 and November 30. However, the number of COVID-19 deaths and severe cases has been accelerating recently, with basically more than 2,000 confirmed cases in a single day, far from the goal of falling below 500. Therefore, with the advice of medical epidemic prevention experts, the Greek government made a decision to extend the blockade period.
At a press conference held on the 26th, Greek government spokesman Petzas announced that the national lockdown period will be extended until 6 a.m. on December 7. He stressed that according to the current relevant epidemiological data, the spread of the novel coronavirus has not been effectively curbed. In particular, the epidemic situation in seven places, including Thessaloniki, Ceres and Larissa, is very worrying. Therefore, the extension of the blockade measures is a necessary means.
It is also reported that as the number of new patients and severe cases in northern Greece continues to increase, in order to alleviate the danger that local medical resources are about to run out, a C-130 transport plane of the Greek Air Force took off from the air base near Athens on the morning of the 26th to the city of Cavalára in northern Greece to bring from Daraa.
Three patients of the horse were transferred to Athens. They will be arranged to be admitted to three hospitals in Athens for treatment. This is the first time that Greece has used aircraft to transport patients after the second outbreak. In addition, the Greek health agency is also cooperating with the National Railway Operation Company to carry out the necessary modifications of a train. When put into operation, the train will be dedicated to transporting non-severe COVID-19 patients in Thessaloniki to Athens for treatment.