As a second wave of COVID-19 is peaking almost out of control in Greece, 13 more cases were found in yet another nursing home, this one in the northern city of Serres, said SKAI TV.
The elderly and those with underlying or multiple conditions are the most susceptible to the disease, with seven patients over 85 years old in the home found to have contracted the disease.
While not showing any symptoms they and six staff members were nevertheless taken to Thessaloniki’s AHEPA hospital in the country's second-largest city which has seen a big jump in cases as well.
The nursing home wasn't identified but the report said there were 100 patients and 30 workers, the sector especially hard hit during the pandemic that has gone past its seventh month and shows no signs of abating.
The Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, described the situation in the region of Serres as “particularly critical,” stressing that the city and the regional unit are “one step away” from a full lockdown.
Speaking at a meeting of local officials and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, Tzitzikostas said 90 percent of the infections in the region have been detected in the municipality of Serres.
That has led to even more health measures being applied although none are working to curtail the spread, partially because of defiance of requirements to wear masks and stay safe social distances away.
That was also seen when a large crowd, some not wearing masks, showed up at a church in Thessaloniki trying to celebrate the holiday of the patron saint of St. Demetrios, lining up next to each other, apparently uncaring about the virus.
The municipality has also closed all sports facilities and suspended all theatrical and musical productions, leaving artists and musicians without work, many left without any payments or prospects.