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Authorities Mull New Measures as Covid-19 Hits Greek Islands

Greek health experts and authorities are examining a new round of measures to address a surge in positive Covid-19 cases on the islands due to the fast spread of the Delta variant.

Indicatively, of Greece’s 2,794 new cases on Wednesday, 153 were found in Heraklion, 96 in Rethymno, 4o in Chania, 21 in Lasithi – all four on Crete, 86 on Mykonos, 42 on Rhodes, 37 on Evia, 39 on Paros, 30 on Corfu and Rhodes.

The Cyclades islands and Crete appear to be the hardest hit. Cases soared on the always popular Mykonos and Santorini, on Milos, Paros and Ios, where five Italian tourists tested positive leading to the quarantine of their group of 15.

Attica and its southern suburbs are also in the red with 1,423 cases.

In view of the spread, the Covid committee is considering the possibility of a rapid test and self-test requirement once a week for tourism professionals mainly on the islands who have not been vaccinated.

The possibility of local lockdowns is also on the table in the worst case scenario.

On Wednesday, Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Greece was in no way related to tourism.

At the same time, Interior Minister Makis Voridis said this week that civil servants who refuse to get vaccinated may face disciplinary action based on the civil service code of law.

Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni was quick to point out that dismissals will have no connection with an employee’s decision to get vaccinated.

In the weeks after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented the so-called “Freedom Pass” as an incentive to the young to get vaccinated,  433,175 new appointments were made for the first dose.

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