Hardalias, Tsiodras held press conference on new coronavirus developments, measures

A recent spike in coronavirus cases in Greece is cause for concern, Sotiris Tsiodras, representative of the Health Ministry on the novel coronavirus, and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias both said, in an extraordinary televised meeting on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s numbers (121 cases from 77 on Monday) and the rising trend in confirmed infections prompted both officials to call anew for strict observation of the use of a mask in public and keeping social distances.

Tsiodras said that the increase is partly attributed to more checks being carried out, but also to people’s ability to move freely after the lockdown and their tendency to crowd.

He noted however that there was no pressure on the health system so far, which could handle the rise, but noted that despite the summer attitude people should remain particularly vigilant, as cases have been rising globally again.

“We do not have to be here every afternoon, as we are not in lockdown,” Hardalias said, referring to the frequent briefings that ended on May 26. “If you see us go live every day with Mr. Tsiodras, that means things have become difficult again.”

Hardalias reiterated that the televised session was held because of “signs of concern” and because “we want to ask everyone to pay attention, and to describe clearly the situation and facts.” 

Recent cases

Some 121 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported on Tuesday by infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras at an extraordinary televised briefing with Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias. No deaths were reported.

Of the new cases, 5 were detected at the country’s air and land entry points, while 26 were detected in Attica region and 47 in Thessaloniki region. Another 14 regions in Greece registered less than 10 new cases each. 

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