Greece extends nationwide lockdown till December 14


Greece has prolonged till December 14 a nationwide lockdown it imposed in early November to curb the unfold of Coronavirus, authorities spokesperson Stelios Petsas introduced on Thursday.
“The cases are declining but at a slower pace than expected,” Petsas informed journalists.
During the lockdown, that has already been prolonged as soon as, residents will nonetheless have to request a allow for his or her outings, issued through SMS messaging, whereas an evening curfew from 9pm to 5am additionally stays in place, with the exceptions of labor, train and strolling pets.
While the nation managed to maintain its infections low in the course of the first wave of the pandemic in spring, it’s now reporting an alarming spike in COVID-19 circumstances and one of many highest dying tolls in Europe. 
Health specialists insist that whether it is to salvage the capacities of the nationwide well being system, restrictions must be prolonged not less than till December 21, as intubations stay excessive, pushing hospitals to their limits. 
One of the federal government’s targets is to reopen the retail regularly, whereas the state of affairs of reopening eating places and bars for the Christmas holidays stays unlikely, regardless of mounting stress by businessmen who discover themselves trapped in an already closely burdened economic system. 
Yet, seasonal shops can be exempted from the restrictions, and as of Monday, December 7, retail shops promoting solely seasonal Christmas items will open. Further particulars on the way in which of functioning of the shops and the working hours can be introduced on Friday. 
The authorities spokesperson additionally referred to COVID-19 vaccinations, saying that the primary vaccine batch will reach Greek markets in late December of early January and the plan is to conduct over 2 million vaccinations monthly, beginning with these working within the well being sector and people belonging to high-risk teams.