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05 Nov 2020 | 01:01 PM UTC

Greece: Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown to take effect from November 7 /update 38

Greece News Alert

Nationwide lockdown to stem COVID-19 spread to take effect from November 7; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 12/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Greece

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday, November 5, that a nationwide lockdown to curb the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be imposed from  06:00 (local time) on Saturday, November 7. The lockdown will be in effect until November 30 and most retail businesses with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies, and other essential businesses will be forced to close. From Saturday, residents will be required to send an SMS text message to 13033 in order to obtain permission to leave their homes. High schools and universities will be closed to in-person teaching, although kindergartens, primary, and special education schools will continue to operate. 

The use of face masks both indoors and outside remains mandatory. 

As of November 5, there have been 46,892 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greece with 673 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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