Greece confirmed 453 new coronavirus cases on Monday, of which 195 are linked to known clusters (184 at the new Kara Tepe refugee camp, Lesvos) and 25 were located at country entry points, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY).
A total of 79 people are intubated, 24 of them being women. The median age of all is 68 years. There are, in addition, 6 new deaths and 344 fatalities in total.
Of the 453 new cases, 174 were identified in Attica region.
We are one step before the “red light” turns on, warned government spokesman Stelios Petsas this morning. A lockdown- like the one already in effect in Madrid-Spain -in Attica seems very likely.
Police is constantly making checks if measures imposed in the greater capital region are being followed, while three more hospitals are added in the COVID-19 hospitals lists: Laiko, Ippokrateio and Georgios Gennimatas.
Moreover, 59 schools are either closed or partially closed due to coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in Karditsa, central Greece today to assess the damage wrought by storm Ianos over the weekend, as efforts continue to clean up an estimated 5,000 flooded homes in that city alone, and to take stock of massive losses at farms, factories and other businesses in the broader area.
European Council President Charles Michel will hold a teleconference this afternoon with Turkish President Erdogan and German Chancellor Merkel, ahead of the European Summit, planned to take place on September 24-25, during which Euro-Turkish relations will be discussed.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said that the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, which he attended in Brussels on Monday, described the withdrawal of Turkish survey vessel Oruc Reis as a “positive sign,” even if only “a first sign” of respect for International Law, in statements after the end of the meeting.
“Turkey must show many more tangible signs of respect for International Law,” he underlined, and he added that this better be done by the time of the upcoming EU Summit of state leaders, which is expected to look into the issue further, “so that we can finally come up with some directions for Euro-Turkish relations.”
All pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England must have a 22:00 closing time from Thursday, to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
The sector will also be restricted by law to table service only.
The measures will be set out by the prime minister in the Commons before he addresses the nation in a live broadcast at 20:00 BST on Tuesday.
It comes as the UK’s Covid-19 alert level moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.
And the weather forecast…
Scattered clouds in Attica today. The temperature will reach a maximum of 29 degrees Celsius.