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Northern Greece closes, joins quarantines in Europe

Across the country, the Greek government imposed a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m., with the mandatory use of outdoor masks.


On Tuesday, a quarantine began in the northern Greece, that was added to the Growing list of European countries tightening measures to contain the spike in coronavirus cases.

The rapid spread of the virus across the continent and the burden it placed on health systems prompted several countries to impose new restrictionsfrom partial closures in Germany to full quarantines in England starting this week.

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Countries were also looking for alternatives to widespread lockdowns, in an attempt to get ahead of a virus that has ravaged the planet and caused more than 1.2 million deaths, more than 220,000 of them in Europe.

Germany indicated that it is purchasing a large number of antigen diagnostic tests, which offer rapid results., in an attempt to avoid the ban on visits to nursing homes and avoid the anguish that isolation caused inmates and family members in spring.

The residences will receive up to 20 free monthly tests per inmate, which can be used to test patients, employees and relatives who are visiting and may be carriers of the COVID-19 virus without knowing it.

The antigen test detects a specific protein of the virusAlthough experts indicated in spring that it is less accurate than the usual PCR test, which can detect even remnants of the virus.

In Britain, the government announced a new diagnostic testing program in Liverpool, in which regular screenings will be offered to anyone who lives and works in the city of 500,000 people, in an attempt to curb the spread.

These more advanced tests will help identify contagious people who show no symptoms … so they can isolate themselves and prevent the virus from spreading, ” the Health Department said.

The trial in Liverpool, which has one of the highest infection rates in England with more than 410 cases per 100,000 people, is seen as a test for a massive rollout of diagnostic tests across Britain. England will begin a full quarantine on Thursday.

Since Tuesday morning, the residents of the second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki, and the neighboring province of Serres They could only leave their homes for a series of specific reasons and after notifying the authorities by SMS.

Non-essential internal and international flights to Thessaloniki were canceled and shops, restaurants, gyms, churches and entertainment centers were ordered to close during the two-week quarantine, started at 6 in the morning.

Lighter restrictions were also imposed in the Greek capital Athens, where restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms, museums and leisure centers closed for two weeks. Only solo sport was allowed in open spaces.

In all the country, the Greek government imposed a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m., with the mandatory use of outdoor masks.

Greece has adopted a regional strategy to combat outbreaks, imposing tougher measures in areas with large spikes and allowing other regions to remain fully open.

The country quickly imposed a quarantine in the initial phase of the pandemic in spring, a decision that is recognized as having kept the death and infection figures low. But the rates of infections, deaths and serious illnesses have skyrocketed in recent weeks. 60% of the Intensive Care beds of the beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in the country were occupied.


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