Hardalias voices concern for rise of coronavirus cases during visit to locked-down Kozani

Following his visit to Kozani, the minister left for Ioannina, which has been on red alert for a spike in infections.Photo via amna_news




Deputy Civil Protection Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias expressed his concern on Saturday over the epidemiological picture of Kastoria, Thessaloniki and Ioannina, besides that of Kozani, where level-4 pandemic measures (a lockdown) were imposed on Friday for two weeks.

At a meeting in Kozani, the headquarters of Western Macedonia Region, Hardalias said the other three cities would not see similar restriction measures for the spread of coronavirus, but warned that “the situation is critical for the entire country.” He called on residents to follow health measures as closely as possible, despite people’s fatigue with them.

As he said, Kozani is where the first wave of the pandemic broke out in Greece in March, and “the second phase of the pandemic is also starting from the same region.” He added however that just as Western Macedonia won the battle then, it can do so now.

Commenting on 20 infections identified as of October 1 at schools, he said schools were not infection clusters and asserted that “schools will continue to operate as usual,” unless they turn into internal infection clusters. In all cases, he said, the government follows recommendations by epidemiologists.

Following his visit to Kozani, the minister left for Ioannina, which has been on red alert for a spike in infections.

Source: ANA – MPA

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