The Health Ministry’s coronavirus spokesman and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras on Monday evening said that the upcoming gradual lifting of restrictive measures "should not be interpreted as a return to normalcy."
He added that citizens should still avoid unnecessary travel, should adhere to social distancing and should also avoid overcrowding, as "any such relaxation could prove devastating."
The coronavirus task force will recommend that schools reopen, he added, but subcommittees at the Health Ministry are examining the parameters of opening schools before proposing a date. "The opening of schools is a scientific recommendation; it's the state that decides," he underlined. However, global statistics show "it is certain that children have a very low capability of infecting others."
Even after a partial lifting of measures, he said, people will be obliged to wear masks when in areas with a lot of other people, especially in public transport, hospitals, markets, even hairdressers and small shops. The same will hold true for employees in contact with the public such as supermarket tellers.
Citing the World Health Organization, Tsiodras said it has added six new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19, beyond fever, cough and shortness of breath: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.
The professor also announced 17 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours, and 2 new deaths.
The Covid-19 infections total in Greece stands at 2,534.
Fatalities stand at 136 since the start of the outbreak; 36 of them were women. Of the 136, a 90.4 pct had underlying health issues or their average age was 70 years or more. The average age of all the deceased was 74 years of age.
Some 43 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units and 11 of these are women. An 89 pct of ICU patients have underlying health issues or are over 70 years of age.
A total of 65 people have so far been discharged from ICUs.
Some 66,094 Covid-19 diagnostic tests have been carried out in Greece since the start of the outbreak.