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Greece rules out nationwide lockdown despite surge in Covid-19 infections

Government spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni ruled out the possibility of a nationwide lockdown despite a surge in Covid-19 infections.

“We hope to have reached a 70-percent level of immunity by the end of the summer,” Peloni told Skai FM on Wednesday morning.

She added that the sharp increase in Covid-19 infections is attributed to the Delta variant and has so far not put an extra pressure on Greece’s healthcare system.

While a fresh nationwide lockdown is off the government table, it should be recalled that Greek authorities have said that   local lockdowns may be imposed during the summer if necessary. So far, no local lockdown has been imposed to any region siance the lifting of the nationwide one in May, even though there are local outbreaks.

Speaking of the government’s decision to make Covid-vaccination mandatory for health workers and staff at nursing homes, Peloni did not rule out expanding the measure to other professional groups.

“Everything is being reviewed and assessed depending on the evolution of the pandemic and the inoculation program,” she said.

New coronavirus infections jumped to 3,109 on Tuesday, the highest daily number since May 11. The number of daily deaths remains below 10 in the average and number of intubated Covid-patients in ICU keeps decreasing as authorities say that the new infections affect mostly the youth. The average age of infected recently dropped to 27.5.

Yet, one should note that admissions to hospitals started to increase again in the last few days.

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