“The Greek government has decided to suspend the operation of the schools until November 30,” said Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, who explained that the measure was taken to limit the travel of parents, teachers and grandparents and to obtain, “along with other measures ”, Decreasing the incidence of coronavirus infection cases.
“We wanted to avoid closing primary schools. It is a message that shows the gravity of the situation “, added Kikilias, according to the quoted source.
Colleges and high schools are already closed, and all courses are held at a distance. Isolation measures were introduced on November 7, scheduled to last until November 30, even though experts do not rule out an extension of them, in the context in which the country seems overwhelmed by the pandemic, after being rather sheltered in the spring. As of Friday evening, a ban on leaving the house was imposed between 21.00 and 05.00.
Since the end of October, the number of daily deaths has quadrupled in Greece, with 50 deaths on some days, while the number of infections has doubled to about 3,000 cases a day.
Of the 1,143 beds in the intensive care units available in the country, 830 were occupied on Friday.
Greece recorded 997 deaths and 69,675 contaminations since the beginning of the pandemic at the end of February, most of which have been reported in the last four months. The most affected region is the city of Thessaloniki, the second largest after Athens. 32% of Thessaloniki residents tested positive.
Greece has a population of 10.9 million.