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Tighter COVID-19 Lockdowns On Table for Hardest-Hit Greek Regions

December 17, 2020

ATHENS – A less restrictive second lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t worked to more quickly reduce cases and could see 11 areas of Greece face a near-total shutdown to cope.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias identified one as being in Western Attica around the capital but the rest in central and northern Greece, including  Kozani, Grevena (in Western Macedonia region), Kilkis, Pella, Pieria, Thessaloniki -Greece’s second-largest city – Drama, Xanthi, Rodopi (Eastern Macedonia/Thrace) and Larissa (Thessaly).

“If the situation further deteriorates, we will reevaluate the measures,” Kikilias said, the government hoping that vaccines that could arrive by the end of the year will begin a turnaround although the number of doses will be far less than expected.

The Coronavirus has proved difficult to control especially with more people being allowed out of their homes during a second closing of non-essential businesses that began Nov. 7 for a month, extended to at least Jan. 7, 2021. 

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