97,000 patients and counting, Greece extends lockdown

World | 26 Nov 2020 10:38 pm

Greece’s government spokesman says the country is extending its current lockdown measures, which had been due to expire at the end of the month, until December 7.

Stelios Petsas said Thursday the extension in restrictions were necessary due to the continued spread of the virus, which was of particular concern in certain parts of the country, mainly in north.

Under the lockdown restrictions, all retail stores, bars, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and gyms are closed. People are only allowed to leave home for specific reasons, including work, health reasons, to buy essential goods, to exercise or walk a pet, and must send a telephone text message or carrying a self-declaration to do so.

However, there are no restrictions on how many times a day people can leave their homes, or for how long.

Greece currently has more than 97,000 confirmed coronavirus patients and just over 1,900 deaths in this country of 11 million. Nearly 600 people are intubated in ICUs nationwide, according to figures released Wednesday evening.-AP

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