The early actions of Greek authorities have prompted scientists there to declare the outbreak has been "shrinking" since March 23. Read the full article. All the latest news about Greece from the BBC ... What restrictions are being put in place in Europe to control new coronavirus outbreaks? How has the coronavirus pandemic progressed worldwide? Daily case figures have been rising sharply since the end of July in Greece. Midnight closing time imposed alongside new travel restrictions for neighbours, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Greece records 916 new Covid-19 cases and 96 fatalities on Friday 18/12 19:32 26-year-old Greek among seven young people awarded this year by UN for the environment Writing on Twitter ahead of the announcement of new restrictions, Mr Kikilias said: “I call once again on the youth and the citizens who do not observe the basic personal protection … to consider their responsibilities towards the vulnerable groups, the rest of our fellow citizens and the country.”. Despite being surrounded by European nations gripped by massive coronavirus outbreaks, Greece has declared victory against the pandemic. The whereabouts of 35 migrants, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week, were unknown. Covid-19 hit the country almost simultaneously with the UK outbreak, but scientists in Greece say the "epidemic has been shrinking" since the end of March. ... Canada U.K. Australia España France Ελλάδα (Greece) Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Quebec. Greece has seen some 5,749 Covid cases and 213 deaths since the pandemic began. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The curfew will force establishments to close from midnight to 7am in popular destinations including Corfu, Rhodes and Crete, government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni announced on Monday. The new measures are being brought in to tackle a spike in coronavirus cases, which Greece’s health minister Vasilis Kikilias suggested was being driven by people not observing social distancing and hygiene rules. Russia on Saturday approved its main Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for use by people over the age of 60, Russian news agencies cited the health ministry as saying. BBC news anchor Emily Maitlis debunked an enduring myth about the coronavirus in a segment garnering widespread praise on social media. Dr Gkikas Magiorkinis - from the country's Covid-19 Task Force - said the epidemic now seems to be "dying out". Read our full mailing list consent terms here. The minister added that Greece had been able to learn lessons from countries around the world that had not made decisions on lockdown early on in the outbreak. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed due to a country's government imposed restrictions of large gatherings. The country's healthcare system has been left unable to cope with a pandemic after a decade of economic crisis. Bars and restaurants in tourist hotspots of Greece are being ordered to close before time after the government implemented a late-night curfew in response to a recent spike in coronavirus cases. Despite an elderly population and a fragile economy, Greece has kept the coronavirus crisis under control with relatively few deaths. A ministry statement said the museum would be comprehensively disinfected, while the actual site of the Ancient Agora, which was the administrative, political and social centre of the ancient city, will remain open. There have been more than two million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 69,000 people have died, government figures show. Among the most prominent events to be affected were the 2020 Summer Olympics and Expo 2020, which both have been postponed to 2021, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was cancelled entirely. Edition. "She is in good health and is being monitored by a team of exceptional colleagues in Thessaloniki," health ministry representative Sotiris Tsiodras told a news briefing. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Bars and restaurants in tourist hotspots of Greece are being ordered to close before time after the government implemented a late-night curfew in response to a recent spike in coronavirus cases. 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