Coronavirus Cases Top 2,000 in Greece as Roma Camp is Quarantined

Members of the Roma community confront Sotiris Tsiodras who visited their camp in Larissa on Friday

Coronavirus cases in Greece rose above 2,000 on Friday as a Roma settlement in central Greece has been placed under quarantined after dozens of people tested positive for Covid-19.

The Health Ministry’s coronavirus spokesman and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras announced 56 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours, and 4 new deaths. One more person died since the daily briefing.

The Covid-19 infections total in Greece stands at 2,011. Of these, 525 were infected abroad and 776 in Greece.

Deaths total 91 since the start of the outbreak, of whom 89 pct had underlying health issues or their average age was 70 or over.

Some 77 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units. A total of 15 people have so far been discharged from ICUs.

Roma settlement quarantined

The Roma settlement at Nea Smirni near Larissa, central Greece, where dozens of people tested positive for Covid-19, has been quarantined for the next 14 days, said Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias.

Testing for Covid-19 will be also carried out in the municipalities of Tirnavos, Farsala and Sofada, while mediators will be appointed in these areas to assist in the better coordination between Roma and local mayors for any additional emergency measures.

The rapid spread of Covid-19 at the Roma camp “is a typical example of how vulnerable the situation with the coronavirus really is,” he underlined.

Authorities have also secured the supply of food and medicines for the Roma camp, while health inspections will be carried out at the refugee accommodation facility at Koutsochero, Larissa.