The authorities in Greece introduced on Saturday the closure of all faculties because the nation faces a spike in coronavirus infections and deaths.
Though Greece was comparatively profitable in containing the primary part of the pandemic, within the spring, the second wave has been extra taxing. Greek well being authorities introduced 3,038 new infections on Friday, a lot of them within the north, the place hospitals are underneath explicit strain, with deaths and intubations rising sharply in current days.
Greece has added a day by day common of two,489 new instances over the previous seven days, pushing its whole caseload for the reason that begin of the pandemic to 69,675. Deaths are rising quickly, with a mean of greater than 40 a day during the last week.
Excessive faculties had already closed as a part of the nation’s second lockdown, which was launched earlier this month, and they’ll proceed to function by distant studying. The brand new restrictions imply that kindergartens and first faculties will even shut, till at the least the tip of the month.
Asserting the brand new measures, Greece’s schooling minister, Niki Kerameus, stated that the authorities understood the “upheaval” being created for fogeys however that well being specialists had stated the transfer was mandatory. Final month, Ms. Kerameus introduced by way of a tweet that she and her husband had tested positive for the virus and would enter isolation.
A nationwide public curfew is now additionally in impact from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m., with exceptions made for individuals who must exit for work, to go to a physician or to stroll a pet.
The curfew was introduced a number of days after Greece’s second nationwide lockdown started, which closed most retailers and reinstated a system enforced in the course of the spring lockdown that required individuals to ship a textual content message to the authorities citing their motive for leaving their home.