Coronavirus: Greece eyes new lockdowns as tourists bring wave of infections

Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Coronavirus: Greece eyes new lockdowns as tourists bring wave of infections and now with details

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Health officials in Greece are considering new local lockdowns and making mask-wearing compulsory to help stem the rising number of coronavirus cases linked to tourism.

Since Greece reopened its border to tourists on July 1, more than 100 travellers have tested positive for the virus.

Some 58 new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Tuesday, with 28 of those linked to foreign journeys.

The country has already announced tougher border checks on incoming travellers as well as increasing inspections of restaurants and other tourist spots. The government is now considering making masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces.

Local authorities have issued warnings that guidelines meant to help control the virus are often ignored.

Greece is racing to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy. AFP
Greece is racing to salvage a portion of the annual tourism season that is vital to its economy. AFP

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Athens remained “determined to protect the majority from the frivolous few".

Despite the added infections, Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias was adamant the country should continue to shore up its tourism sector.

“We all knew – ourselves and our scientists and experts – that the opening of the borders would bring a partial rise in cases,” he said on Tuesday after a meeting between government officials and health experts to determine the country’s next moves.

“On the other hand, everyone understands that with public health, medical protocols and respect for human life coming first, the economy and tourism also have to survive.”

Greece, which so far seems to have escaped the worst of the pandemic, has pressed on with reopening its tourism industry in a bid to save its economy.

Tourism accounts for nearly one fifth of the country’s GDP, employs one in 10 Greek workers and hit record highs in 2018 when, according to the OECD, 33.1 million international arrivals were recorded.

The recent rise in cases threatens to thwart the government’s efforts to salvage the busy summer season but Mr Kikilias said the reintroduction of measures to fight the virus would depend on how well the existing guidelines held up.

“It all depends on us, on our individual behaviour, on public health regulations and how we deal with any given situation,” he said.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the pandemic, Greece has reported 3,883 cases of the virus, with 193 deaths.


The Baleares regional government has ordered the closure of all bars and shops in Punta Ballena in Magaluf, Spain, on the island of Mallorca, to avoid a new coronavirus outbreak. EPA

A health worker collects a swab sample from a boy to test for COVID-19 at the Greek-Bulgarian border crossing in Promachonas. AFP

An couple wearing face shields cast their vote in the general election in Skopje, North Macedonia on July 15. AFP

Etro's Spring/Summer 2021 men's collection and women's pre-collection fashion show was livestreamed from the Four Seasons hotel during Milan Digital Fashion Week in Italy. Reuters

To maintain social distancing, members of Halle's city council vote outdoors during a meeting in the stands of the stadium of Hallescher FC in Germany. Long debates can also be continued outside under floodlights. DPA via AP

Disneyland Paris officially reopened in Marne-la-Vallee near Paris, in France, on July 15. The them park closed exactly four months ago on March 15. EPA

Chelsea Pensioners wear protective face masks during a visit by Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on July 15 London, England. WPA Pool/Getty Images

Beachgoers check a semaphore system that signals how crowded the beach is in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, on July 15. The system uses radar to count people entering the gates to the fenced beach to help sunbathers maintain social distance. AP Photo


Updated: July 15, 2020 10:08 PM

These were the details of the news Coronavirus: Greece eyes new lockdowns as tourists bring wave of infections for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at The National and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Hungary stripped of EU meeting over Ukraine stance
NEXT US military raises alert level for Europe bases: reports