Greece locks down until mid-January

Greece has extended lockdown curbs to contain the spread of the coronavirus until January 18th, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias announced in a televised briefing.

The country, in lockdown since early November due to a spike in infections mainly in the north, has seen its public health system come under severe strain while infections are receding at a slow pace.

“Maintaining a low viral load during the winter is difficult,” infectious diseases specialist Vana Papaevangelou said. “If we allow conditions that spark an epidemiological surge, we will see big pressure on our health system.”

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