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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this - Part 2

by Robert » 07 Sep 2020, 19:48

The Netherlands are changing the code from yellow to orange for greece, starting tomorrow. That means that the Dutch are advised not to travell to Greece anymore and for me... i will have to wait till 2021. A pitty that some young kids in tourist areas could not behave.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this - Part 2

by mike » 10 Sep 2020, 07:18

The Dutch 'code orange' is specifically for the Greek islands: so-called essential travel only, and a 10 day quarantine upon return.

This sort of sweeping classification is ridiculous. A few days ago, in the town where I live, a student cafe was discovered to have been the source of about 10 infections. The cafe was closed, and some contact tracing was done, and another 50 or so students were advised to quarantine.

However, in spite of of this incident the town was not closed down, let alone the region or even the entire country. In fact, daily life -- with the in-place social distancing guidelines -- has continued as it had been before this cafe outbreak. The whole point of contact tracing is to be able to avoid indiscriminate closures. Avoid crowded, enclosed spaces .. that's the relevant advice regarding social distancing to reduce risk of virus spread.

I can add that Germany has not placed anywhere in Greece on a list of risk areas. German advice regarding risk areas tends to be much more nuanced anyway and they are more likely to put even specific cities on risk list, not necessarily an entire country.

I fly from/to Germany, which makes life easier. Also, Germany has mandatory testing if you return from a risk area, not arbitrary quarantine.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this - Part 2

by Erno » 16 Sep 2020, 08:20

Experts warn of further surge in new Greek Covid cases ahead - 16 September, 2020

Two experts who serve on the committee advising the government on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic warn that if citizens do not exercise caution in the weeks and months ahead, and more restrictions are not implemented as soon as necessary, the continuing rise in infections could reach as high a 1,000 a day, pushing the national health system to breaking point.

Speaking on Skai television on Wednesday morning, infectious disease expert Marios Lazanas and Aristotle University environmental engineering professor Dimosthenis Sarigiannis rang the alarm after Tuesday’s Health Ministry bulletin on the daily course of the pandemic showed a spike in new cases of 301 – of which 197 were concentrated in the region of Attica – as well as a surge in intensive care admissions to 67 from 59 on Monday.

“There is a progressive upward trend in cases that began in August, and especially in Attica, which has compelled us to recommend new measures,” Lazanas told Skai TV, referring to a raft of new measures introduced to stem the spread of the virus in the capital. Universal face mask use and localized lockdowns are on the cards if the new restrictions fail to turn the tide, he added.

With Greece’s intensive care units already at 60% capacity ,

Of 930 ICU beds nationwide, 229 have been set aside for Covid-19 patients. Of those, 86 were occupied and 143 were free on Wednesday (an occupancy rate of 37.5 percent). The rate in Attica is 71 percent as, of the 75 beds set aside for coronavirus patients, 53 were occupied and 22 free on Wednesday.


Lazanas expressed fears that the “pressure will continue to grow.” He also appeared concerned by the fact that several young Covid-19 patients have been intubated in recent days, pointing to a drop in the average morbidity age.

Sarigiannis also warned of the dangers lying ahead with the onset of winter. “Based on calculations, starting in late October with the change in the weather, in the virus’ transmissibility and on a range of other factors such as the start of the flu season, we will see even bigger surges in November and December,” he said.

“If we allow the virus to evolve, we may even reach four-digit daily infection rates,” Sarigiannis warned.

Localized lockdowns were also mentioned by government spokesman Stelios Petsas, who told Skai TV that while the option is on the table, it would be a “worst-case scenario.”

“We want to stay ahead of the curve,” Petsas said, adding that the government is prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to avert an exponential rise in new infections, as has been the case in other countries recently.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/257016/art ... ases-ahead
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this - Part 2

by Erno » 18 Sep 2020, 08:22

Ireland announces 14-day quarantine for arrivals from Greece - 18 September, 2020

The Irish Government on Thursday removed Greece from the list of exempt countries for quarantine due to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

As of Monday, September 21, all travelers arriving to Ireland from Greece must self-isolate for 14 days.

According to the country’s travel advice update, a new ‘green’ (normal precautions) list, based on ECDC data, will take effect from Monday 21 September.

The updated travel restrictions are aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. [...]

From: https://news.gtp.gr/2020/09/17/ireland- ... om-greece/
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