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Lockdown impending if attempt to contain the spread of the virus in Athens fails

 

With a new record of coronavirus infections on Monday 453 in 24 hours and 346 new cases of coronavirus on tuesday  in the country with the largest concentration of new cases in Attica, the government has made it clear that a localized lockdown for greater Athens would be needed if new restrictions come into effect on  Monday do not stop the spread of the virus. EODY on Tuesday announced a total of 346 new cases of coronavirus in the country, of which 23 are associated with known epidemics and 25 were detected after checks at the gates of the country. The total number of cases is 15,928 (daily variation + 2.2%), of which 55.7% are men. There are 8 new deaths of patients with COVID-19, while a total of 352 deaths have been recorded since the start of the epidemic.

Out of a total of 15,928 cases, 2,651 (16.6%) are considered to be related to travel from abroad,  6,687 (42.0%) are related to an already known case and the rest are not related to travel or any other known case or are still under investigation. The average age of cases is 39 years (range 0 to 102 years), while the average age of death is 78 years (range 25 to 102 years).The idea is to make it harder for people to buy alcohol and to congregate in town squares when bars and restaurants close at midnight. It is also planned to strengthen the maintenance of order in central squares to avoid overcrowding. In addition, a special mobile app will be available soon, informing citizens of the specific restrictions that apply in their region.

The biggest problem is in the center of Athens, where many cases of overcrowding are reported. In the coming days, Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias is due to meet with city hall officials to discuss possible new restrictions, such as the early closure of kiosks and convenience stores in neighborhoods where infections have  been reported. In a briefing to reporters, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said authorities are determined to take “all necessary measures to protect public health.” “We have never shied away from imposing localized lockdowns, from March until now, in many parts of the country,” he said, adding that “Attica is no exception”.

 

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