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31 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Greece, 495 in Total

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Ιnfectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Stelios Missinas)

ATHENS - Three more coronavirus patients lost their lives as of Thursday, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras said, with three of the deaths occurring within 24 hours.

All three were older men with serious underlying issues. Two died in Athens hospitals and one in the city of Kozani.

In total, 31 new cases were diagnosed since Thursday, bringing the confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece rises to 495.

Tsiodras reiterated the importance of self-quarantine at home even if there were no symptoms of the virus, and criticized "behanviors that undermine the entire effort undertaken, increasing the danger of transmission and spread of the virus to small local communities."

Commenting on the increased exodus of Athenians to villages or islands, which was followed on Friday by additional measures on ships and in markets, Tsiodras said "this is not about taking a holiday." Those who had already arrived at rural communities and islands should not get in touch with people they could infect, and cited an example from an Aegean island, where the only confirmed case of coronavirus was a visitor from Athens.

There was no change in forecasts of the disease's spread, he said, and a lot depended on the observation of self-quarantine at home. In two weeks, there will be a clearer sense of the situation, he said, and the priorities in measures were to prevent vulnerable people from getting sick and spreading the disease to the entire population.