As of today further restrictions in the capital Athens and the surrounding region are being implemented, following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The measures include a ban on gatherings exceeding 9 persons, in both open and closed spaces, a limit of 20 attendees in weddings and funerals, a ban on concerts and cinemas _ but not in theaters, an exception that has prompted reactions _ and the obligation of 40% of employees, in both the public and private sector, to work from home, which is combined with a ban on employers using cameras to check on employees.
Also, those over 65, are encouraged to refrain from leaving home, using public transport or meeting with anyone except close relatives for the next 14 days. The measures will be enforced at least until Oct. 3.
Greek health authorities announced a further 170 coronavirus cases and 7 deaths Sunday.
The total number of cases is now 15,142, with 338 deaths.
78 people are treated in ICUs, ringing an alarming bell to the National Health System. The Ministry of Health has announced that this week another 40 ICU beds will be added to hospitals.
A total of 37 schools across the country remain closed due to Covid-19 cases, 29 of them are in Attica.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the area of Karditsa this coming week to assess damage from the Mediterranean hurricane (Medicane) “Ianos” to one of Greece’s key agricultural areas. 3 people died from the hurricane and one woman (aged 45) is still missing.
According to government sources on Sunday, Mitsotakis will meet with local representatives and discuss measures to help restore damages.In the town of Mouzaki, Mayor Fanis Stathis decided that all schools and nurseries will remain shut, as Ianos has damaged the road network, preventing transportation, and school buildings of the region.
Meanwhile, an update earlier on Sunday power distribution operator DEDDIE said that 61 power substations are in operation in the urban zone of Karditsa, and another 10 will be powered shortly. Efforts are made to restore power in Argithea and Mouzaki.
DEDDIE’s top officials have met with the head of the Karditsa Fire Department to coordinate and accelerate water pumping in areas where the technical crews need to work.
Three settlements within the Refugee camp for unaccompanied minors on the island of Samos were destroyed by a fire that broke out yesterday. Authorities are examining the possibility of arson, as it is the second fire that breaks out in the settlement since last week.
Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Sunday demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country’s largest refugee camp.
Germany’s government said last week it would take in 1,553 migrants – 408 families with children – from various Greek islands who already have been granted protected status in Greece. The move came on top of a decision to take in up to 150 unaccompanied children as part of a European effort.
Αnd the weather forecast…
Partly cloudy in Attica today, with rain expected this morning in the northern and eastern suburbs. The temperature will reach a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius.