Coronavirus total in Greece reaches 1,755 on Monday, 20 new cases; restrictions to April 27

The Health Ministry’s coronavirus spokesman and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras on Monday evening announced 20 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours, and 6 new deaths.

The Covid-19 infections total in Greece stands at 1,755. Of these, 361 infections relate to travelling abroad and 655 relate to infectees in domestic territory. 

Deaths total 79 since the start of the outbreak. Of those, 23 were women, while the great majority had underlying health issues and their average age was 70 or over. years of age.

Some 90 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units and more than half of these suffer from underlying health issues. A total of 9 people have so far been discharged from ICUs and 269 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the start of the outbreak in Greece.

So far 18,844 diagnostic lab tests for Covid-19 have been carried out nationwide.

Measures extended

The government’s restriction measures for the coronavirus pandemic will be extended to April 27, Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said on Monday during the daily televised briefing.

Speaking after Tsiodras, the minister was cautious in saying that the measures appear to have slowed down the progress of infection, but warned that it is still too early to relax them and in no way should good news lead to complacency.

Hardalias reiterated that April is “a difficult and critical month” and current positive developments “could be overturned at any moment.” The government has been reiterating the importance of keeping to the measures, especially ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter (April 19).

The minister also referred to two villages in Kozani, Damaskinia and Dragasia, which had been placed under lockdown after the death of four people by Covid-19, and expressed “gratitude and pride” for the residents’ and region’s collaboration. Another town, Echinos, which was due to have come out of very restrictive measures, will need to observe them for another seven days, “for entirely preventative reasons,” he said.

Reviewing several coronavirus-related actions of the day, Hardalias also mentioned that restrictions had been placed on Mykonos and Santorini islands.

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