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Covid-Map update: Greece changes risk status of regions and islands

Greece’s authorities updated the Covid-MAP on Thursday as the epidemiological burden is increasing in many parts of the country but also on the islands. The result is that with few exceptions of regions and islands at lowest Green level, the majority of regions are at the increased surveillance levels Yellow and Orange.

According the announcement by head of Civil Protections Nikos Hardalias, the Covid-Map has changed with several regions to have been placed on higher risk level and a few on lower.

The changes follow recommendations by the Infectious Disease Committee, Hardalias said.

Regions and islands increasing level and go from Yellow to Orange (Level 3)

• The Regional Units of Thessaloniki, Halkidiki, Kozani, Florina, Viotia, Evia, Messinia and Tinos.

• The Municipalities of Spetses, Paxos, Chios

Regions and islands placed from Green to Yellow (Level 2)

• The Regional Units of Kastoria, Xanthi, Arta

• The Municipalities of Agistri, Limnos, Eastern Samos, Western Samos, Amorgos, Astypalea, Karpathos, Megisti, Patmos  Symi

Regions and islands going from Orange to Yellow (Level 2)

• The Municipalities of Leros, Milos, Sifnos

• The Regional Units of Ioannina, Grevena

Islands transferred from Yellow to Green (Level 1)

• The Municipalities of Alonissos, Kimolos, Lipsi, Skyros

The updated Covid-MAP is available in English here.

Islands warned of upcoming restrictions

The head of Civil Protection warned the islands of Mykonos and Ios in the Cyclades that they are one step before restriction measures are imposed due to increase of coronavirus infections. These two islands are just before a lockdown, he said.

He said there are a total of 8 islands, popular touristic destinations, that are a cause of concern for the country’s epidemiologists.

Next to Mykonos and Ios, he named also Zakynthos, Santorini, Paros, Lefkada, Tinos and Rhodes a areas where a strong epidemiological increase has been recorded in the last 20 days with a steadily increasing trend in the last 10 days.

He called on the local authorities, visitors and control mechanisms to focus on personal protection measures to contain the spread of the virus.

” We therefore call for the observance of the measures in these islands as any further epidemiological burden or virus spread may lead to the need for local measures to limit the transmission,” Hardalias stressed.

More information on coronavirus in Greece here.

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  1. For orange areas the map states:

    “1. Communication and detailed information of the local authorities for the special epidemiological characteristics of the area”

    So where does the local authority publish the relevant control measures? Are we supposed to find out through some magical form of osmosis? I have been unable to find any information on what precautions should be followed.

  2. I am looking for details / tables by area, on which web page can I find the daily new cases or incidences for the Chalkidiki region?

  3. Maybe it’s time to close the borders for individuals that are not vaccinated? The numbers in Crete just keep going up. I’m afraid once tourist season ends we will be on another lockdown.

  4. Another lockdown has been planned long ago and it has nothing to do with the tourists. It’s a matter of politics and statistics. Fear spreads from person to person faster than Covid and this is exactly what they want.

    • Could you explain how completely collapsing the economy and with it tax the revenue benefits the government?