A Greek man has been in quarantine in the University Hospital of Rio by Patras, the gateway for arrivals from virus-hit Italy. He has been suffering from symptoms that resemble those of coronavirus.
He came with a ferry liner from Italy to Greece on Sunday.
According to initial reports Monday afternoon, the man was tested positive to flu and was expected to remain in 48-hour quarantine to rule out any possible infection with the corona virus.
Early evening, media reported, though, that the flu test was negative.
Samples have been sent to the Pasteur Institute in Athens, the results are expected oh Tuesday.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, Greek health authorities have tested more than 100 suspected cases, all tested negative, so far.
With the virus spreading in neighboring Italy, Greek authorities are in high alert, however, despite several emergency meetings in the last 24 hours, they decided not to check arrivals from Italy on temperature and other possible symptoms.
The news coming from Italy where six people have died and more than 200 have been infected, caused panic among the Greeks who “raided” pharmacies thus triggering mask shortages.
UPDATE: The man has been tested negative on coronavirus, media report Turesdya noon.