Greece Records 13 Covid Deaths as Lockdown Imposed on Kozani Region



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Greek health authorities announced on Thursday that 13 people had died in the last 24 hours as a result of the coronavirus infection, bringing the death toll in the country to 482 since the pandemic started in March.

There are currently 82 intubated patients in intensive care units around Greece.

The total of the new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours reached 453, bringing the overall total number to 23,947, including all those who have recovered.

Lockdown Imposed on Kozani

One of the worst hit areas in the country is the region of Kozani in northern Greece, which has been placed under a lockdown.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias said the area had over 220 active cases, with 554 of their traced contacts obliged to keep quarantine, and “dozens of small, controlled but risky and geographically dispersed smaller clusters in the entire area.”

“Due to the increased epidemiological burden in the wider region of Kozani the entire Regional Unit of Kozani is set from tomorrow (Friday), at 06.00 and for 14 days, until October 29, 2020, at the Alarm Level category 4 – Increased Risk,” a statement issued by the authorities says.

The “Alarm Level category 4 – Increased Risk” category provides for the mandatory use of a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas, the suspension of all gatherings in public and private spaces, as well as a ban on movement outside the Kozani Regional Unit.

Also, all entertainment venues, archaeological sites, playgrounds and courts or property registry offices are shut down, as are all restaurants/food providers except for their delivery sections.

Schools may remain open under strict measures including wearing of masks, while college-level courses may only take place online.