Greece Announces Fourth Coronavirus Case, Second in Athens

Greek health authorities announced on Friday that a 36-year-old woman is now the fourth victim of coronavirus in the country.

The woman, who had recently traveled to Italy, is now receiving treatment at the Attikon Hospital in Athens.

Doctors say that her symptoms are mild.

Greece had officially recorded three cases of coronavirus by Thursday, one in Athens and two in Thessaloniki, forcing authorities to cancel all the many festive activities relating to Carnival, or Apokries.

The young woman is currently hospitalized in Attikon hospital and two patients, a mother and a child, are at Thessaloniki’s AHEPA health facility. All are said to be suffering from mild coronavirus symptoms.

The two Athens patients and the 38-year-old Thessaloniki woman have all recently visited northern Italy, where by late Thursday 17 people had died from the rapidly-spreading virus.

As Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appealed for calm on Thursday, noting that “our biggest adversary in such cases is panic,” Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said all Carnival festivities would be canceled as a precautionary measure, in line with the response of other European countries affected by the virus.