Greece confirmed 217 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and two deaths of which 15 were identified at entry points to Greece.
There were a total of 7,075 cases recorded in Greece since the pandemic broke out, and 1,667 of these were related to travel abroad and 3,353 to already known cases.
Twenty-four people are in ICUs, and their median age is 63 years. Exactly half had an underlying condition or were aged 70 or above. Another 136 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.
A large part of the cases recorded in the last 24 hours were in Attica (73, with 13 linked to domestic travel), Thessaloniki (37, of which 3 were linked to known clusters and 8 to domestic travel), Chania and Iraklio on Crete (14 and 10, respectively) and Evros (11 linked to a known cluster). The rest of the listed regions of Greece had 1-3 confirmed cases of infections.
Six people were arrested and several thousands’ euro worth of fines imposed on Ionian Islands on Saturday by police. Among those arrested, two stores owners on Corfu and one on Paxi islands operated their stores past the 12-midnight curfew. Each was fined 10,000 euros and their stores’ operation suspended for three days.
Arrests, fines ranging from 3,000 euros to 10,000 euros and store suspensions of 3 to 15 days were imposed on store owners on Zakynthos and Corfu for similar reasons including store crowding.
Smaller fines of 150 euros were imposed on 25 owners on venue on Corfu and Kefalonia islands for non-use of facial mask.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on the Greek people to help prevent the dispersion of the novel coronavirus as they start returning to their main homes after summer break, in a brief videotaped message posted on social media on Sunday.
In his one-minute message on Twitter, Mr Mitsotakis said, “You may have disregarded protection measures and forgotten the coronavirus briefly. But do make a difference, even now: don’t become responsible for the next infection. Following the return, let’s be twice as careful and put an end to dispersion here. Let’s share memories, not the virus.”