Greece on Wednesday registered 262 new COVID-19 infections, the highest determine for the reason that pandemic started and half of a steadily rising pattern this month.
The public well being organisation additionally mentioned two extra folks had died, bringing the full virus dying toll to 216.
The number of sufferers underneath intensive care has almost doubled, with 24 reported Wednesday from 13 final week.
Authorities have blamed the spike in infections to the flouting of social distancing guidelines in eating places, bars and public gatherings.
Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias mentioned earlier that the typical age of these contaminated in August had dropped to 36 years outdated.
“It can happen even if you’re young and think you’re invulnerable,” Kikilias tweeted.
The Greek authorities on Monday introduced an evening curfew for eating places and bars in some of its high vacationer locations.
New entry restrictions for Balkan arrivals and flight passengers from a number of EU international locations have been additionally unveiled.
Eateries and bars are closed from midnight to 0700 in a dozen elements of the nation, together with the favored islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete.
The cities of Thessaloniki, Larissa, Volos and Katerini are additionally affected, as is the Halkidiki peninsula which is widespread with Balkan guests.
In addition, all passengers on flights from Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden arriving from August 17 should present a adverse COVID-19 consequence obtained as much as 72 hours earlier than entry, as should all land border arrivals.
The civil safety company final week made masks obligatory in all indoor public areas.
Among different measures introduced Monday was a call to scrap Greece’s high commerce exhibition, the annual Thessaloniki worldwide honest in September.
The authorities has dominated out a basic lockdown after steadily reopening the financial system in May and beginning to settle for international arrivals in June to salvage half of the tourism season which is important to the financial system.
Only 10 p.c of cases in Greece might be traced to international arrivals.
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Greece posts its highest daily number of virus cases (2020, August 12)
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