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Coronavirus: Greek Officials Urge Limited Travel, Close Cinemas & Museums

Greek health officials have advised against travel, particularly vulnerable groups, in efforts to restrict the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the same time, the Greek Culture Ministry also announced this week that all theaters, cinemas, and cultural venues would remain closed initially for a period of 15 days.

Additionally, on Friday, the ministry decided to close all museums and archaeological sites initially until March 30, citing “staff shortages”.

In the meantime, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni has ordered the sanitization of working spaces at the culture ministry, museums and archaeological sites.

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There currently 117 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Greece.

Countries with highest numbers of incidence are: China (80,814), Italy (15,113), Iran (10,075), South Korea (9,979), Spain (3,146), France (2,876), Germany (2,745), the US (1,762), Switzerland (868), and Norway (800).

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It should be noted that person-to-person spread of Covid-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission. Signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Based on data from reports of travel-related Covid-19 incidents, symptoms may occur within two to 14 days after exposure.

Older adults and persons with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems appear to be at greater risk for severe illness from this virus.

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