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Greece is worried about the strengthening of the blockade of the third wave of the pandemic. Athens and its surrounding areas are listed as red zones.

by YCPress

January 30 According to the European Union News Agency quoted by the European Network, the statistics of the Greek Ministry of Health on the evening of January 29 local time showed that 941 new COVID-19 patients were added in Greece that day, and a total of 155,678 cases were confirmed nationwide.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 increased by 22 in 24 hours, bringing the cumulative death toll to 5,764.

It is reported that since this week, the number of new coronavirus cases in Greece has risen steadily in a single day, and it has approached four digits again.

Coupled with the continued increase in cases of mutant viruses, the Greek authorities and medical experts are very worried about the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic.

The data shows that Greece recorded an average of 596 new cases per day this week, an increase of 24.2%. Attica recorded an average of 46.4% of cases, Thessaloniki accounted for an average of 9.2%, and the rest scattered across the country.

On the evening of January 29, the Greek authorities announced that the national region was divided into yellow “monitoring”-level areas and red “high-risk” areas.

Authorities have listed Attica, including Athens, as a “red zone” for the pandemic and implemented an “enhanced version” blockade.

Starting from 6 a.m. on the 30th, the “enhanced” blockade measures provide for the implementation of the “booking-in-store shopping” mode in clothing, footwear and jewelry stores, while other stores in the retail industry will resume the “click-pick-up” mode; barbershops, beauty salons, car testing agency KETO, and lottery buyers can operate. , but customers must make an appointment to go.

Except for Attica, other “red areas” are subject to curfews from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day; Attica areas maintain a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day; only junior high schools are allowed to resume classes from February 1.

High schools will not reopen for the time being, and high school students will continue to take remote classes at home.

Earlier, on the morning of the 29th, the Greek Ministry of Education had announced that in addition to the pandemic “red zone”, the country’s junior and high schools would reopen on February 1.

Sipusas, a Greek professor of infectious diseases and a member of the expert committee, said that it is necessary to control the spread of the virus in Athens and surrounding areas before the situation becomes critical.

Attica, the number of COVID-19 intensive care beds has reached 60%, and the hospital admission rate is also rising.

Gogos, a Greek infectious disease expert and member of the government expert committee, proposed that people go out with odd and even numbers.

People whose ID numbers end in odd numbers can go out on odd days, and people whose ID numbers end in even numbers can go out on even days to limit people’s activities in highly infected areas such as Attica.

However, Gogos denied that he had put forward the above recommendations at the meeting of governmental experts, saying that it was only his personal idea.

Zanakis Zanakis, professor of Greek pulmonology and vice president of the Greek Pulmonary Society, estimates that there may be 30,000-50,000 actual active cases in Greece.

He said he was worried that if this trend continued, Greece might return to the pandemic situation last November.