There were 75 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths in Greece overnight on Sunday. Only four of the new cases were confirmed during checks of arrivals to the country’s air and land entry points, reported the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) on Sunday.

Most of the cases were detected in the Attica region with 19 cases, and there were 15 in Thessaloniki.

The results bring the total number of cases to 4,662 of which 54.7 per cent a men. A quarter of the cases – 1,290, are connected to travel abroad and 2,308 are from already known cases.

Twelve individuals are in ICU, only two of these are women, and the average age of those in hospitals with COVID-19 is 64 years and 66.7 per cent of those who are intubated also had an underlying health condition or are over 70 years.

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There have been 208 deaths in Greece since the pandemic, and the average age of the deceased is 76 years.

Efforts to bring down numbers

Police carried out extensive patrols across tourist areas around popular island destinations, such as Paros, Mykonos and Santorini, over the weekend. Six inspections at nightclubs around Paros lead to five arrests for noise violations, and one nightclub received a 3,000-euro fine and was shut down for 15 days as it exceeded the safety maximum.

In Mykonos, an Italian national was arrested for throwing an overcrowded house party, while some nine beach bars and 17 bars and clubs were also inspected at the island’s main town. Two individuals were arrested for not having a license to install beach beds, and another six people were arrested for violating laws pertaining to noise pollution.

In Santorini, three people were arrested for violations related to noise pollution after inspections in seven bars and clubs.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will hold an e-meeting 9.30am on Monday with Health Minister Vassils Kikilias and Deputy Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras, to discuss the latest increase in coronavirus cases.

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Cyprus places Greece as Category B country

Greece, a category A country in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, will be moved to category B announced the Health Ministry of Cyprus on Sunday. The change will go into effect on Thursday, 6 August, after several people who arrived in Cyprus fromm Greek destinations tested positive.

Among the new COVID-19 cases in Cyprus were five people who arrived from Athens, Thessaloniki and Mykonos.

All passengers regardless of nationality, must fill out the CyprusFlightPass form within 24 hours prior to their flight.