Greek PM declares month-long partial lockdown as COVID cases spike

New Delhi (NVI): Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today declared a one-month partial coronavirus lockdown, shutting down restaurants and other leisure activities in Athens and other major cities.

The partial lockdown will come into force on November 3 and will last for a month, Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

Under the new measure, local areas will be categorised as either Surveillance or High Risk zones.

In Surveillance zones, a curfew will be implemented from midnight to 05:00 CET. Mask wearing will be required everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, higher education is to be conducted remotely and gatherings are prohibited.

In High Risk zones, the same measures will apply but all hospitality businesses, as well as theatres, museums, cinemas and indoor gyms, will also be asked to close their doors to the public.’

However, Mitsotakis stressed that contrary to the lockdown implemented in the spring, “we are not talking about a total freeze of everyday life, as shops and schools will remain open.”

The country of 10.7 million has so far recorded 35,510 COVID cases and 615 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Greece’s announcement comes after national lockdowns have once more been introduced in France and Belgium, while Germany has also opted for a partial lockdown.

-CHK