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Authorities Mull New Measures as Covid-19 Hits Greek Islands

Greek health experts and authorities are examining a new round of measures to address a surge in positive Covid-19 cases on the islands due to the fast spread of the Delta variant.

Indicatively, of Greece’s 2,794 new cases on Wednesday, 153 were found in Heraklion, 96 in Rethymno, 4o in Chania, 21 in Lasithi – all four on Crete, 86 on Mykonos, 42 on Rhodes, 37 on Evia, 39 on Paros, 30 on Corfu and Rhodes.

The Cyclades islands and Crete appear to be the hardest hit. Cases soared on the always popular Mykonos and Santorini, on Milos, Paros and Ios, where five Italian tourists tested positive leading to the quarantine of their group of 15.

Attica and its southern suburbs are also in the red with 1,423 cases.

In view of the spread, the Covid committee is considering the possibility of a rapid test and self-test requirement once a week for tourism workers mainly on the islands who have not been vaccinated.

The possibility of local lockdowns is also on the table in the worst case scenario.

On Wednesday, Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Greece was in no way related to tourism.

At the same time, Interior Minister Makis Voridis said this week that civil servants who refuse to get vaccinated may face disciplinary action based on the civil service code of law.

Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni was quick to point out that dismissals will have no connection with an employee’s decision to get vaccinated.

In the weeks after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented the so-called “Freedom Pass” as an incentive to the young to get vaccinated,  433,175 new appointments were made for the first dose.

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  1. Mar Reply

    Mykonos is apparently collapsed of covid, me and my boyfriend tested positive and we have to stay in our hotel as the covid hotel is full. We called to the embassy and there are a lot of people in the same situation. Every time we call a number we cannot contact anyone because all lines are always busy.

  2. George Reply

    This is so frustrating. You would think that a country so reliant on tourism would have nearly everyone wanting tob vaccinated.

    People are their own worse enemies.

    I have a trip to Greece coming up and now have to worry about some last-minute issue that might force my vacation to be postponed yet again or make the vacation more restrictive.

    Many in the US are too ignorant, too suspicious, or too willing to belive folks lik Trump (who got Covid and later got vaccinated secretly) and other politicians – and refuse to get vaccinated. And, of course, cases are rising again with nearly ALL the cases unvaccinated people.

    Let’s send our supplies to Greece and other places who need it rather than hold out for the dumb or the foolish here to finally wise up.

    • Dean Reply

      Yeah..it’s all Trump’s fault. Should we give back the vaccines that Trump developed in record time via the warpspeed program too?

      Logic is apparently not a strong suit for George.

  3. robin G Reply

    But an infected, asymptomatic person can spread disease to more vulnerable people.

  4. R Ferguson Reply

    Cases do not mean you are ill the negative test result is set so high that many of the Positive Cases will have nothing wrong with them. The way lateral test results are reported a person can say they are positive just to get time of work.
    Stop testing and go by hospital admissions and it will all be over.

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