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Majority of Covid-19 Tests to UK Travelers in Greece are Negative

Photo source: Heathrow Airport

Greek Civil Protection and Crisis Management Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias on Tuesday said that the overall picture of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases from UK arrivals is not alarming.

Speaking during a televised address, Hardalias said that from July 15, the day direct flights were allowed back to Greece from the UK, until July 19, 23,559 arrivals from the country were recorded.

The deputy minister said that until July 19, 6,692 tests were performed and the results – as well as their verifications – for 5,105 came back negative (results of the remaining tests are pending).

“Test results that are targeted and of concern to us are always verified a second time,” the deputy minister said, adding that three passengers from London who transited in EU airports had tested positive.

“The overall picture of (arrivals from) the United Kingdom does not alarm us at the moment,” Hardalias said.

Moreover, the deputy minister informed that authorities are monitoring the Covid-19 state of countries to examine from which nations Greece could possibly welcome visitors in a later stage.

“Our monitoring is based on research and statistics and most importantly on a scientific platform that involves our epidemiologists, who help us better approach any issues related to the protocols, but also involves a team of experts who advise on targeted test sampling so that we can use the results to move towards the next day,” Hardalias said.

The deputy minister reminded that after the lockdown, Greece opened to tourism is a safe way, knowing from the start that Covid-19 cases would possibly be imported from foreign visitors.

“However, we implemented an advanced system for examining travelers and tracking cases, using a sophisticated algorithm and detailed protocols, for our visitors to feel safe, but also to protect the health of tourism employees,” he said.

According to Hardalias, authorities every day monitor developments at Greece’s entry points and on a domestic level.

“When we have new epidemiological data we adapt our actions accordingly… Where necessary, we closed borders that we had opened, we maintained flight bans and we imposed additional rules for health safety,” he stressed.

The deputy minister ruled out a second nationwide lockdown for Greece and also said that the possibility of the government imposing local lockdowns was unlikely.

Since July 1, when Greece opened its borders to tourists, Greek authorities have conducted 127,900 Covid-19 tests and recorded 295 confirmed cases in travelers.

The majority of positive cases were found from travelers from the following countries: Serbia (78 cases), Bulgaria (63 cases), Romania (61 cases), Albania (23 cases) and the US (26 cases).

For information on traveling to Greece in the post-Covid-19 era, press here and/or here.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.
  1. ANDREW STEWART Reply

    youll not be missed Constantine (AT ALL)

    • CONSTANTINE Reply

      Thanks Andrew, I envision the EU saying that to you as January nears.

      • Procter Reply

        Seriously if I didn’t know i’d guess you were a young teenager as your comments are ridiculously naive and immature

  2. Richard Rodgers Reply

    I will make sure that your sunbed is kept clean Constantine.

    • CONSTANTINE Reply

      Thanks Richard. Just be sure to use spf 500 as you do; and you can wipe off the sunbed with your union jack.

      But don’t keep it clean for me, rather for the next cheap Brit on their all inclusive Floridian styled holiday.

      We’ll be in the Hamptons, then Croatia.

      Cheers.

  3. Dyonisis Reply

    We’ll be fine without you Constantine 😉

  4. CONSTANTINE Reply

    It’s absolutely suspect that you are putting US cases next to those other ones. And that we are to believe that there have been zero cases recorded for any other nationals. We see the agenda and don’t worry we are not coming; this year or next.

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