Greece will close its restaurants and bars at midnight from January 3 and will not allow more than six people to eat at one of these places in an attempt to stop a new wave of COVID-19, it announced on Monday. The Greek Ministry of Health informs AFP, according to AGERPRES.
As in several European countries in recent days, a record number of contaminants were recorded in Greece on Monday, at 9,284, prompting the country’s government to adopt new restrictions. From now on, it will be necessary for staff in the food industry, as well as all those who want to enter supermarkets or travel by public transport, to wear an FFP2 mask or two surgical masks on top of each other.
Business and public administration staff will have to switch to 50% teleworking from January 3 to January 16, when the Greek Ministry of Health will reassess the situation.
As of December 19, all travelers arriving in Greece, even those who have been vaccinated, must take a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours or an antigen test of no more than 24 hours.
These new measures are taking place in Greece as Europe faces a new wave of COVID-19, marked by the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.
In an interview with Skai TV station, Athanassios Tsakris, a professor of microbiology at the University of Athens, estimated on Monday that the Omicron variant already accounts for almost 70% of new cases detected in Greece.
Europe has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with 2,901,073 cases in the last seven days (55% of the world total), as well as the most deaths caused by COVID-19, with 24,287 deaths last week ( 53% of the total), followed by the USA / Canada area (10,269 cases, 22%).