Western Europe

New COVID mutation detected in Greece

09:38, 04 January 2021
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Doctors in Greece have identified a new strain of coronavirus previously discovered in the UK.

A more contagious mutation of the virus was found in four samples, which were transferred to the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Antenna channel reports.

Journalists believe that the emergence of the British strain of COVID-19 has forced local authorities to introduce stricter quarantine.

On January 2, the Greek Cabinet of Ministers extended the general quarantine introduced in the country until January 11 and tightened its conditions, canceling the exemptions announced before the New Year holidays.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas noted that the epidemiological situation in Greece had improved recently. However, the number of coronavirus infection cases is still high, as is the burden on the healthcare system. The new measures are aimed at further reducing the spread of infection.

According to a government decree, from January 3 to January 11, the operation of hairdressing salons, nail salons, and bookstores will be suspended in Greece. Churches will remain closed, and on the day of the Epiphany, there will be no consecration of water in the open air. Besides, the duration of the curfew is increasing, and it will last from 21:00 to 05:00.

Greek resorts will again be available to Russian tourists from the spring of 2021 if the epidemiological situation in the country meets the experts' forecasts, NEWS.ru reported earlier.