Greece reports spike in coronavirus cases

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Greece’s top scientific adviser warned against complacency on coronavirus after the country reported its highest single-day increase in infections in weeks.

Authorities reported 121 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday after a steady rise over the past 10 days. Tuesday’s tally was the highest since 22 April, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 4,855.

There have been 209 deaths recorded in total.

Greece introduced an early lockdown in mid-March which buffered the country from the devastating effects of the pandemic seen in many other European countries.

But the recent increase in infections prompted authorities to introduce measures like mandatory face masks in closed spaces.

Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, who gave his first public briefing after a more than two-month hiatus, said there had been no pressure on the public health system, but cautioned that the situation without vigilance could get out of hand.

He sais “there must be great vigilance to a possible increase. The situation could quickly get out of hand. It needs vigilance and attention by all”.

There were outbreak clusters, he said, in a meat processing unit, and from two wedding parties. Over the past two months, he said, there was a “clear shift” towards the virus affecting younger people.

Many were without symptoms, he said, adding that there had been cases detected after Greece reopened its borders in June. But he said a surge between 31 July and 2 August appeared to be domestic infections.

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