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Coronavirus: 15 regions of Greece are on orange alert


According to the updated map released by the Civil Protection Secretariat on Friday,Only one of Greece’s 74 regional units has been designated as being at the highest level of coronavirus alert,  although 15 regions are only one level in below, in code orange.

Set up at the start of the month to facilitate management of the coronavirus pandemic, the new alert system describes four levels according to the rate of transmission of the virus in a given area: 1) green indicating a state of preparedness; 2) yellow for monitoring; 3) orange for increased surveillance and 4) red for increased risk status.

Kozani, in northern Greece, is the only region in the country on red alert, after cases reached alarming levels in recent days leading to a lockdown that went into effect on Friday. However, 15 regions are on orange alert, meaning the progress of the coronavirus is closely monitored and contained with a series of less disruptive restrictions. These are Attica and its islands, Achaia, Ioannina, Iraklio in Crete, Karditsa, Kastoria, Kea, Lesbos, Mykonos, Pella, Samos, Santorini, Trikala and Zakynthos.

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