Patient Transporter at Greek Hospital Tests Positive for COVID-19


K.A.T. hospital in northern Athens. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yiannis Panagopoulos)

ATHENS -- Eleven members of staff working in the second-floor surgeries at K.A.T. hospital in northern Athens were placed in quarantine and tested for SARS-Cov-2 after a patient transporter at the hospital was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus. All 11 tests conducted as part of the tracking and tracing of his contacts at the hospital, in line with National Organisation of Public Health (NOPH) protocols, came back negative on Saturday.

The patient transporter was diagnosed on Friday.

Samples were also taken from another 100 members of the hospital's staff and the operation of eight surgeries on the second floor was suspended until Thursday, October 8. Emergency and accident cases will be treated in the hospital's remaining surgeries, with the hospital continuing to run normally.

Greece hit a new record with 460 daily confirmed infections on Friday.

Total infections have nearly reached 20,000 cases. With five more deaths, the overall toll has reached 398.

Officials says there’s no need for new lockdown measures, provided the public obeys existing ones.

The infections Friday included 114 cases among workers at a canning factory in northern Greece, which has been closed. Starting Saturday, visitors from Poland and the Czech Republic will be among those needing a negative coronavirus test before traveling to Greece.