Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias warned local authorities on six popular Greek islands including Santorini and Rhodes to contain the spread of coronavirus infections by observing health measures better, or face the introduction of additional restrictions.
At the briefing on Thursday, Hardalias said that a steady rise in infections was recorded in the past ten days on the popular islands of Lefkada, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, Tinos, and Zakynthos, something that raise concern among health authorities.
In addition, Ios and again Mykonos are “a step before restrictions are imposed”, Hardalias warned. He said that the coronavirus watchdog committee in the Health ministry was following developments on the two islands very closely, and authorities would keep up a strict schedule of checks in areas likely to attract crowds.
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.
Other areas in Greece also showing a rise in infections and they include also the islands of Spetses, Paxi, Chios, and Evia as well as Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kozani, Florina, Viotia and Messinia, Hardalias said.