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Village in Xanthi Locked Down Again Over COVID-19 Cases Spike

XANTHI, Greece — 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 a high level of infections.

Health authorities have 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 as Greece does not have widespread use of mobile phone apps to track and trace contacts.

This is 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 the developments in the municipality of Myki.

Residents of Echinos were told to stay at home for the next 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 are closed, while food and medicine will be brought in with trucks.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou was briefed by a special committee advising the government on how to deal with the coronavirus with the end of a lockdown that began March 23 and weekly easing starting May 4 before being lifted.

“The crisis is not over, we are probably half-way through the pandemic. But it is certain that together we will finally be able to deal with the whole situation satisfactorily, trusting again in the guidance of the scientists who remain at the forefront,” she told the members of the committee with whom she met at the garden of the Presidential Mansion, the paper said.

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