Greece confirmed 372 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as the numbers keep rising.

The Greek National Public Health Organisation reported that 164 of the cases were related to known sources, with 114 of these detected at a food processing plant in Pella, northern Greece, while 21 were identified at entry points to the country.

There have been 12,452 cases in Greece since the start of the pandemic, with 2,324 related to travel abroad and 5,511 linked to registered cases.

There are 49 Greeks intubated at the moment of which 87.8 per cent have an underlying condition or are aged 70 and above. A total of 167 patients have been discharged since the start of the pandemic in Greece.

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It was announced that four people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the fatalities total to 297. The majority of deaths, 96.3 per cent, also had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 and over.

Greece’s Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias on Thursday ordered additional restrictive measures for the regions of Pella, Pieria, Imathia and Kilkis, northern Greece, banning all public markets, processions, parties and gatherings above 9 people, and a maximum number of 4 for seated customers in restaurants.

These measures will be put into effect from 11 September for 14 days, until Friday 15 September.