Greece confirmed 508 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours and eight new deaths, taking the country’s death toll to 490. There have been 99 deaths recorded from 1-16 October.

Health Ministry Spokesman Gkikas Majiorkinis said during the live briefing on Friday that there are 5,100 active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Greece of which 2,400 are form “unknown contamination source.”

The active cases are estimated to be 20,000, Mr Majiorkinis said, apparently referring to “unconfirmed cases”.

Head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said that the country is experiencing great “pressure”. He spoke of a “stability in the number of cases” even though they surpassed 500 on Friday, the worst daily count in Greece since the start of the pandemic.

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Mr Hardalias warned residents in the Regional Unit of Ioannina, Epirus, that “they would be next with a lockdown like in Kozani.”

A lockdown has been in force in Kozani since 16 October and will run until 29 October.