ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will impose an evening curfew in areas most affected by COVID-19, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Thursday, asserting restrictions on motion in a number of areas of the nation together with Athens.
Earlier, authorities introduced 882 new instances of coronavirus, a brand new peak, after 865 had been reported on Wednesday.
Mitsotakis stated motion can be banned from 12.30 a.m. to five a.m. in places deemed high-risk and the place elevated surveillance was essential, based mostly on a four-tier threat evaluation by authorities. The measure can be in drive from Saturday.
Two areas in northern Greece, Kozani and Kastoria, are on the highest threat and regional lockdowns have already been introduced, adopted by different provinces of elevated surveillance in northern Greece and the area of Attica, the place Athens is positioned.
Greece has recorded considerably decrease numbers of COVID-19 than different nations in Europe, although instances began to rise in early October. Testing has additionally elevated.
“The target is to limit motion and night-time gatherings that are conducive to the unfold of the virus. Maybe it is much less enjoyable for some time, however it might imply extra well being in the long term,” Mitsotakis stated.
Younger individuals had a duty to assist curb the unfold, Mitsotakis stated, including that the state can be relentless in prosecuting companies breaking the principles. “Now is just not the time for secret events, when this virus is having a celebration on the expense of our lives.”
“The info is obvious, the unfold of the virus is especially amongst younger individuals, and on the instances and places the place they collect. However from there on it spreads into household items, affecting older individuals disproportionately.”
Fifteen extra deaths had been registered on Thursday, authorities stated, bringing the entire to 549, lots of them aged. Greater than 90% of those that died had underlying well being points.
(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Enhancing by Giles Elgood)
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