Greece extends the pandemic lockdown restrictions for one more week, until December 7, government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Thursday. He listed several areas in northern, central and western Greece as well as one island as particularly affected by the coronavirus due to high number of cases in relation to the population.
“There are some first signs of reduction in the number of coronavirus cases, if this trend continues, then the pressure on the naitonal Health system will begin to decrease,” he stressed.
“Then we can plan a gradual return to some kind of normalcy. At the moment, the existing restrictive measures for the protection from the coronavirus are extended until Monday, December 7, 2020 at 06.00 in the morning,” he added.
He said that “this decision is imperative as the epidemiological burden is still high.”
“Source of concern are the areas where very high number of cases in relation to their population are corded,” Petsas said adding:
“These are Thessaloniki, Serres, Patras, Larissa, Magnesia, Aitoloakarnania and Lesvos.”
Especially for Patras, Achaia, and in view of the celebration of Saint Andrew, he called on people to observe the measures.
“The government is closely monitoring the developments and will announce the next steps when it has more data on the course of the pandemic,” Petsas said.
He expressed the wish that with the Covid-19 vaccine, “a new era for the country will open as of spring 2021.”
The government has been working out several scenarios on the gradual lifting of the lockdown before Christmas. However, even if the daily cases have slightly decreased in the last few days, dozens of Covid-19 patients have been dying die on daily basis since last week. 1,257 people died Nov 1-25.
The number of intubations has exceeded 600 on Thursday, the day where air lifting of Covid-19 patients from northern Greece to capital Athens started as local hospitals are full.
A C-130 transferred 3 Covid-patients from Drama to Athens earlier today.