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Professor: Greece Is at the Peak of the Second Coronavirus Wave

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Infectious diseases doctor Vana Papaevangelou. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS -- The second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic has broken out in the world, raising infection rates steeply globally, infectious diseases doctor Vana Papaevangelou said at the live briefing on Friday.

In Greece it features a wide dispersion of the virus throughout the country and a rise in infections in regions that were not noted for high viral loads, the member of the Health Ministry's coronavirus committee said. Some of these increases may relate in certain areas to the harvesting of olives, she added.

The exponential rise of hospitalizations in coronavirus departments and in ICUs continues, Papaevangelou noted, with hospitalizations doubling in the last ten days. She added however that "it appears that we are at the peak of this second wave."

She noted the steep rise of deaths and ventilator-dependent cases in Greece, but she said "the rate of ICU hospitalizations and deaths is proportional to the rise of infections in Greece - in other words, there is no rise in mortality."

Speaking at the briefing also, Deputy Civil Protection Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias stressed that a key factor to restricting infection spread is limiting movement outside the home.

He warned that the coming days would be very difficult and critical, and reminded the public of the curfew starting on Friday (Nov. 13), betwen 21:00 and 05:00 every day, with specific exceptions - work, health and walking pets. He also reiterated that food stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and car repair shops would shut down at 20:30 to accomodate this curfew. Deliveries after 21:00 will be allowed, he noted, as would take away, the latter however would need to be part of the above three exceptions to the curfew.