Greece recorded 453 new COVID-19 cases on Monday along with six deaths causing concern as the total was the highest since the country left its strict lockdown.
The cases are rising at Kara Tepe where migrants from Moria have been transferred. At the camp there were 184 new cases from the 195 which were related to already known clusters. Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that 7,064 people who entered the new camp had been tested and there were 243 positive cases found.
The average age of those confirmed positive was 24, and most were asymptomatic, Petsas said. A further 160 people, mainly police and administrative staff who had come into contact with the migrants, were tested and all were negative for the virus.
There were 25 new cases which were recorded at entry points into Greece.
There have been 15,595 coronavirus cases in Greece since the pandemic began of which 6,592 were connected to contact with a confirmed case of the virus.
There are 79 patients intubated with their average age at 68, though 87.3 per cent of the cases are either aged over 70 or have underlying health conditions.
The COVID-19 death toll in Greece is 344, of which 96.8 per cent were either aged over 70 or had underlying health issues.
New COVID-19 restrictions were announced by the government last week which went into effect on Monday morning. With the resurgence of the virus additional measures have not been ruled out with the possibility of a further banning gatherings at squares.
Current restrictions which will apply in Greece through to 4 October are as follows:
– Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 9 people, except for areas already regulated, such as restaurants
– Indoor and outdoor concerts are suspended, as are indoor film screenings
– Baptisms, weddings and funerals may have a maximum of 20 people in attendance
– People from vulnerable groups such as migrants who have tested positive to the virus but are asymptomatic will be transferred to hotels and be under medical care there
– 40 per cent of private and public business employees must work from home
– Public sector employees must arrive at and depart from work in three stages (at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.)
– Private sector companies must do the same, but at four stages
– People 65 or older must limit their social outings for 14 days, and their contacts to immediate family members