Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday declared a one-month partial coronavirus lockdown, shutting down eating places and different leisure actions in Athens and different main cities from Tuesday.
“We should act now, earlier than intensive care items buckle below the pressure of lives in peril,” Mitsotakis mentioned in a televised handle.
“The virus is attacking in waves, and we have to rapidly adapt,” he mentioned.
Greece has registered over 37,000 coronavirus circumstances since February, together with over 1,600 on Friday. Accelerating from August onwards, the virus has brought on 620 deaths to this point.
The PM mentioned the lockdown would shut down eateries, cafes, golf equipment, cinemas, museums and gymnasiums in worst-hit areas, however wouldn’t have an effect on retail businesses and colleges, to melt the blow to the economic system.
Along with the capital, the newest restrictions apply to most major cities in northern Greece together with Thessaloniki, Larissa and Ioannina.
The remainder of the nation must abide by an in a single day curfew from midnight to five:00 am, along with the obligatory use of masks even indoors, Mitsotakis mentioned.
However in distinction to a nationwide lockdown imposed in March, motion between areas shouldn’t be restricted for now, he added.
Inns and hair salons may also be allowed to function.
“A complete lockdown would damage the economic system and society,” Mitsotakis mentioned.
The federal government had already declared an evening curfew from 00:30 am to 0500 am in Athens, Thessaloniki and different areas on October 22.
That adopted localised lockdowns within the northern areas of Kozani and Kastoria earlier this month.
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