After a two-month lockdown in March, which helped contain the spread of infections, a spike since October forced the government to impose a second nationwide lockdown this month that officially expires at the end of the month.
However, this could be in doubt.
“Lifting the lockdown on Dec. 1 does not seem realistic right now,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told state TV ERT on Friday.
The government’s committee of experts will evaluate new data next week to assess whether a partial lifting of the lockdown early next month is feasible.
Health authorities reported 2,311 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the first case was detected in February to 90,121. The death toll is 1,527.
All cases in Greece total 90,121 of which 4,787 relate to travel from abroad and 22,901 to already confirmed infection cases.
A total of 522 individuals are intubated. Their median age is 65 years, 82.4 pct have an underlying condition or are aged 70 or more and 149 of them are women. Another 460 have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic.
The case load in Thessaloniki in the north of the country remained nearly double that of Athens.
“The seeming stabilisation of infections in Athens is fragile, the improvement is not sufficient to relieve pressure on the hospital system,” infectious disease expert Gikas Magiorkinis told reporters on Friday.
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