ATHENS: Greece recorded a single-day record of 1259 confirmed coronavirus infections on Tuesday, health officials said. On the other hand, the Minister of Education tested positive for the virus. Tuesday’s jump followed 715 new cases recorded on Monday. Greece has been reporting a steady increase since early October. There were 12 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, in the capital city of Athens and northern Thessaloniki, night curfew was enforced from 12:30 am to 5 am.
Sotiris Tsiodras, one of the government’s top scientific advisors, has again appealed to the public to enforce social distancing rules. Tsiodras said in a news briefing, “We all know what to do, but we can’t get into everyone’s conscience.” “It is a matter of personal responsibility. Now is the time to voice your conscience.”
Education and Religion Minister Nikki Kerameos said on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the virus when he was tested with his spouse after symptoms appeared. Kerameos, 40, had no symptoms and wrote on Twitter that he would remain isolated. Greek officials said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mito Takis was negative in tests scheduled for Monday.
Greece halted the first wave of coronavirus by implementing an early full shutdown in March and mitigating measures from May. Although recent data suggests that the recent wave is dominated by younger patients, Greece has an aging population, the elderly suffer from the disease, and the average age of the victims is 79.
Tsiodras stopped appearing on night TV early in the pandemic, so his appearance on Tuesday evening briefings was unusual. He also appealed to skeptics. “Unfortunately, personal freedom is dwindling, but masks are the only option. I haven’t been to a restaurant or cafe since February.”
According to data on Tuesday, Greece has killed 593 people, with a total of 32,752 cases since the pandemic began.