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Coronavirus: Greece Shuts Down Schools As Pandemic Surge

The closure of primary schools, kindergartens and daycare centres has been announced in Greece on Saturday.

The development occurred due to a surge in coronavirus cases that has saturated the national health system, AFP reports.

The Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said, “the Greek government decided the suspension of the functioning of schools until November 30,”

He added, “Closing elementary schools was the last thing we wanted to do. This is a measure of how serious the situation is”.

Since Monday, secondary schools have already closed, and all lessons have taken place remotely.

Due to the surge in the pandemic, the closure of schools started in most European countries. Due to the second wave of the spread of the pandemic, the World Health Organisation recommends that schools only be shut as a last resort.

The surge in casualties spilled to October as the daily number of deaths in Greece has quadrupled with 50 deaths reported some days, while the number of infections has doubled to around 3,000 cases daily.

One major evidence noticed was, out of the 1,143 total intensive care unit beds nationwide on Friday 830 were occupied.

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, made comments on Thursday in the Greek Parliament where he was briefing MPs for the second lockdown since March. He said, “The coming weeks will be extremely critical”.

On the duration which the lockdown will last, experts have disclosed that it might stay for long.

One of the measures put in place so far by the Government of Greece is the curfew that has been imposed Friday night from 9 pm to 5am.

The total casualties that have been recorded so far in Greece is 997 while 69,675 contaminations have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic in late February, most of them in the last four months.

The northern city of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece is most hard-hit area.

Health Minister Kikilias has warned that “the health system is in the red.”

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