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Jittery Greece Watches Jumping COVID-19 Near 1,000 Daily Mark

ATHENS – After approaching the 1,000 mark a day earlier, Greece on Oct. 25 record 790 COVID-19 infections, 76 tied to known clusters and 29 at entry points to the country as the New Democracy government hopes tougher measures will ward off any thoughts of a second lockdown.

The numbers brought the total cases to 30,782 since the pandemic broke out seven months earlier in the dead of winter, any hopes it would be killed off by the summer heat long dissipating and worries it will now collide with the flu season.

More than 10 percent of the cases, some 3,862 were related to travel abroad and 11,724 to previously known cases while 84 people were on ventilators in hospitals, said Kathimerini, their median age being 65.

Some 91.7 percent of the worst off had an underlying condition or were elderly, but 272 recovered and were discharged so far from Intensive Care Units (ICU's) in public hospitals, the government not needing to commander private clinics or hospitals so far.

The National Public Health Organization (EODY) registered another 10 deaths, bringing the pandemic's toll in Greece to 574, the median age being 79 and 96.3 percent having underlying conditions making them more susceptible.

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority issued a new aviation directive (NOTAM), extending travel restrictions to foreign travelers, those relative few still coming after a disappointing summer season that saw Americans and Russians barred and many people not willing to take the risk of traveling and facing possible quarantine.

as cases of Coronavirus continues to rise. Flights between various destinations and NOTAM also extended the ban on entry of non-EU citizens until Nov. 8, except for those coming from Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Two Greek regions, Kastoria and Kozani, are on a lockdown and other major prefectures such as Attica, which includes Athens, and the country's second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki are climbing a top-level alert that could trigger more and tighter restrictions for them.

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