Greece extends the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 until Monday, December 7, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas announced on Thursday.
The lockdown extension was expected as the number of new infections remains steadily at 2,000-3,000 cases and the deaths are around 100 every day, despite the second, stricter lockdown.
“There are some first signs of a decrease in the number of cases. If it continues at this pace, then the pressure on the National Health System will begin to ease,” Petsas said.
“Only then we can plan a gradual return to some kind of normalcy,” he added. “At present, the existing restrictive measures for the protection against the coronavirus are extended until Monday, December 7, 2020 at 06.00 in the morning.”
First Covid-19 Patients from Northern Greece Transferred to Athens
Three patients from the Drama region suffering from Covid-19 were airlifted to hospitals in Athens on Thursday, as hospitals in northern Greece reached capacity due to the virus surge.
The patients were transferred in isolation capsules inside an Air Force C-130 carrier aircraft that left from the Elefsina military airport on Thursday morning and landed in the city of Kavala, public broadcaster ERT said.
Northern Greece is hit the hardest during the second wave of the pandemic. Characteristically, in the last 24 hours, 633 new infections were recorded in Thessaloniki, 160 in Larissa, 106 in Pella, 69 in the Magnesia Prefecture and 61 in the Imathia Prefecture.
Meanwile, a patient from Rhodes was transferred to Crete with a C-130 and another patient from Andros island was transferred to Athens.