Speaking during the reinstated weekly televised coronavirus briefing, Hardalias said Greek authorities had conducted 127,900 Covid-19 tests since July 1, when Greece opened its borders to tourists, recording 295 confirmed cases in travelers.
Broken down: 78 cases were found in visitors from Serbia, 63 – Bulgaria, 61 – Romania, 23 – Albania, and 26 from the US.
According to Hardalias, 76.27 percent or 225 of the 295 positive Covid-19 test results were found in travelers from Balkan countries.
From July 1 to July 19, a total of 918,032 people entered Greece, 620,652 of whom by air, 48,720 by sea, and 248,660 by road.
Of the total 127,900 tests, 98,284 were carried out at the country’s airports producing 105 positive results; 6,119 at the ports with four positive results; and 23,497 at border check points producing 186 positive results.
Meanwhile, over the July 15-19 period, 23,559 UK tourists came to Greece and a total of 6,692 tests were conducted. Out of that number, results for 5,105 tests came back negative (results for the rest are pending).
Hardalias went on to add that local lockdowns would be considered should the need arise and that it would be prudent to extend the ban on Greece’s popular panegyria outdoor festivals due to danger of spreading the virus in crowded spaces.
The deputy minister will be updating on Covid-19 developments every Tuesday. The briefing was reinstated for the first time after May 26.
Greece has reported 4,007 confirmed Covid-19 cases since February 25, when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, through to July 19 with 195 fatalities, Hardalias said, stressing yet again the importance of individual responsibility and personal hygiene.