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Six Popular Islands in Greece Warned to Observe Health Measures Or Face More Restrictions

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Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias. (Photo by Yiorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS - The government warned authorities of six popular Greek islands - including Santorini and Rhodes - on Thursday to contain the spread of coronavirus infections by observing health measures better, or face the introduction of additional restrictions.

During a regular briefing, Deputy Civil Protection Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said that a steady rise in infections was recorded in the past ten days on the popular islands of Lefkas, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, Tinos, and Zakynthos, which raised the government's concern.

In addition, Ios and again Mykonos are "a step before restrictions are imposed", he said. A ban on overnight movement and music was imposed on Mykonos recently when infections rose abruptly. Hardalias said the coronavirus watchdog committee in the Health ministry was following developments on the two islands very closely, and authorities would keep up a strict schedule of checks in areas likely to attract crowds.

Other areas in Greece also showing a rise in infections among others included the islands of Spetses, Paxi, Chios, and Evia as well as Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Kozani, Florina, Boeotia, and Messinia, he said.