COVID-19 in Greece, May

Greece // 27 May, 2020

At least 2,892 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with over 173 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health [in Greek].

27 May: While new cases continue to be reported, the overall trend continues to decline. On average, only 8 new cases per day were reported in the last week. Masks continue to remain mandatory on public transportation, and recommended in public locations. Lockdown restrictions continue to ease as restaurants can now serve customers in open-air settings, and travel between the islands by ferry is now allowed.

19 May: The government and public health authorities have extended social distancing indefinitely, and masks remain compulsory. Travel restrictions within the country are beginning to ease, with travel now allowed between prefectures, though not between islands. Restrictions on international flights to and from the country are beginning to lift as well.

11 May: Reports of new cases continue to decline, with only 12 new cases per day on average over the last week. Overall the COVID-19 situation is not yet classified as "waning" as the WHO still classifies Greece as "community transmission" in situation report #112. The outbreak is past peak and a low daily number of new cases have been reported for the last two weeks. The US Embassy in Greece advises the country has entered its second stage of easing lock-down restrictions and provides a timeline for lifting of further restrictions. Most retail stores are opening as of Monday, 11 May. Public health authorities continue to recommend social distancing and use of masks. Masks are compulsory on public transport.

6 May: Case numbers in Greece continue to decline, with only 10 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Less than 15 new cases per day have been reported on average over the last week. Of those who have died, the majority have been elderly and about 93% had underlying disease. Contact tracing by local health authorities has determined that 598 of the total cases were imported, and 1,317 were transmitted locally. The Greek government and local health authorities continue to emphasize social distancing and personal hygiene, though some lock-down restrictions are being lifted.


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