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Greece confirms two new cases of coronavirus, cancels Carnival festivities

Two new cases have been tested positive on coronavirus, Greek health authorities announced on Thursday. One refers to the child of “patient zero” and the other to a woman who has recently visited Italy, Sotiris Tsiodras, Professor of Infection Diseases from the National Health Organization said. He added that the school where the child is enrolled will remain closed for 14 days.

“Relatives of a person infected with the virus are at high risk of contamination,” Tsiodras added.

According to media, the second case refers to a 40-year-old woman currently a private hospital in Athens. She is expected to be transferred to a negative pressure room in Attikon hospital in the Greek capital, one of the 13 designated hospitals across Greece to deal with the virus. Authorities are trying to trace co-passengers of the woman who flew from Italy to Greece, ANT1 TV reported adding that her family is also to be alerted.

The woman is employee at a branch of Piraeus Bank in central Athens, however, she is not in customer service. Piraues Bank issued a statement in the afternoon saying that the whole floor where the woman worked is to be disinfected and remain sealed for two weeks, while her colleagues will have to work from home.

At the same press conference, Health Minister Vassilis Kikkilias announced that Carnival festivities will be cancelled throughout Greece.

The son of the 38-year-old woman has been in isolation at home together with the patient’s husband and mother since yesterday, when the mother was confirmed positive. On Thursday, the 10-year-old boy was reportedly transferred also to AHEPA hospital. Authorities are trying to trace persons and children with whom the boy came in contact as he joined some school activities earlier this week.

According to media, the child has developed mild symptoms like her mother.

Greek Health and Education authorities ordered the closure of the school already on Thursday, disinfection of the elementary school is to take place today.

“Patient zero” flew from Milan, northern Italy, to Thessaloniki on Sunday night, with the first symptoms, a light fever, to have appeared on Tuesday. She visited a public hospital to have herself checked and was transferred to AHEPA, one of the 13 hospitals designated to deal with the coronavirus across the country.

Authorities have reportedly identified and set on alert the woman’s co-passengers as well as members of the City Council, as patient zero attended a meeting at the City Hall a day after her return.

Local authorities said that they will disinfect the City Hall as all other municipality buildings.

According to state broadcaster ERT TV blood samples from dozens of “suspected” cases are currently tested in the three laboratories of the country.

A 30-year-old man has been transferred from Kallithea suburb of south Athens to Attikon hospital earlier on Thursday. He had recently visited Italy, media reported.

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  1. Beware Greek government of cruise ships and Ferries traveling between Italy and Greece. Corfu be very careful !!