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COVID-19 Cases in Small Greek Town Force Schools Shutdown

As another sign that the COVID-19 Coronavirus hasn’t gone away yet in Greece after the lifting of a lockdown and signs of people resuming life as normally again as possible, seven cases in a small western Greece town led schools to close.

The infections were found in Paramythia in Thesprotia,the shutting of schools that had only recently reopened after it was deemed safe, but COVID-19 showing a fierce resistance to fading away.

A team of experts from the National Organization of Public Health (EODY) was dispatched there to investigate if additional containment measures will be needed in the town of 2,700 people, said Kathimerini.

That came after health officials reported that two sisters, aged 52 and 59, had contracted the virus, confirmed by the University Hospital of Ioannina which is near Paramythia although it wasn’t clear how they became ill as Greece does not have widespread testing nor cell phone trace and track apps in wide use.

Paramythia accounted for most of the 10 new coronavirus infections that were reported nationwide on June 21, bringing the total number of cases to 3,266 with 10 deaths, no more reported that day.

The small village community of Echinos in the region of Xanthi, northern Greece, was put back under a lockdown for seven days beginning June 18 after more cases of COVID-19 showed up the previous two days in a region with many infections.

Health authorities recorded 73 more cases of the Coronavirus in the community and four deaths in the area since June 11 with no report why it's happening there or how it's spreading.

It was the third time that restrictive measures have been imposed on the community after several infections were confirmed the previous week and in late March, said Kathimerini, the shutdown coming after a meeting at the General Secretariat for Civil Protection where officials evaluated developments in the municipality of Myki.

Residents of Echinos were told to stay at home for seven days during which all shops will be closed except pharmacies and supermarkets, while the use of a face mask will be compulsory in public for allowed missions. Open-air food markets were closed, while food and medicine will be brought in with trucks, officials said.

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