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Authorities to boost testing in western Attica due to infections spike

Greek health authorities decided on Friday to increase random testing for coronavirus in west Attica and intensify checks for compliance with the health measures as the viral load in the area remained high.

Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said at the daily briefing on the course of the pandemic that alone in the Municipality of Aharnes, there were 392 active coronavirus cases.  Average age was 42. Following tracing, another 764 people have been identified as their close contacts and are in home isolation.

Speaking earlier at an emergency virtual meeting, he said that the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) will deploy additional mobile units in west Attica and set up drive-through testing in selected areas.

He stressed the need to better inform the public in the municipalities of west Attica that there is no room for complacency.

Apart from Hardalias, the meeting was attended by  EODY President Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, infectious diseases expert Sotiris Tsiodras and the mayors of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina, Mandra-Edyllia, Megara, Fylis and Aharnes.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias had said that west Attica is among the areas that create “concern.”

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