Greece Mulls Further Easing of Pulled-Back COVID-19 Lockdown

ATHENS -With epidemiological data showing the vaccinations are working – despite a campaign seen stalling – Greece's New Democracy government is considering relaxing what's left of a lenient COVID-19 lockdown.

The pandemic is far from over and many have already shunned face masks and aren't keeping safe social distances but the indicators are better enough for looking into letting life go back to near-normal, not all the way yet.

Among the measures seen being eased, said Kathimerini, are a 12:30 am. curfew and a 100-guest limit for weddings and baptisms that had been super spreaders when the pandemic was raging.

Restaurant and bar owners, now allowed to serve only inside are pushing for indoor dining as well as lifting of a ban on playing music that was put in place because of fears the noise would make people lean in too close to each other.

The idea are to be presented in a joint briefing by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, said Kathimerini, the government eager to restore an economy crippled by the lockdowns.

Greece’s National Organization of Public Health (EODY) said there were 1,339 new cases on June 8, a jump from 808 the previous day as they go up-and-down but are gradually declining overall. There have been 411,534 so far.

EODY data also showed that there were 381 intubated patients in public hospitals, from 392 the day before, a huge drop over the previous few weeks and from when they were nearly overwhelmed.

There were also 30 deaths, from 24 the day earlier, bringing the total to 12,331 over the near 16-month health crisis, but the with signs indicating it will get better although the government's advisory panel of doctors and scientists is keeping a close eye on the numbers for now.


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