GREECE is on the verge of going back into lockdown after the country reports a rise in coronavirus cases following the return of international tourists.
Overall cases have remained low across Greece, with just 2,105 active cases of coronavirus.
Greece could enforce lockdown measures again next week after coronavirus cases have started to climbCredit: Getty Images – Getty
However, the country opened its borders to tourists on July 1 – and more than 100 tourists have tested positive for the virus since.
Brits are due to return from next week as well, with UK flights resuming to Greece from July 15.
Greek authorities are now considering enforcing lockdown measures once again from next week.
Greek authorities say they are ready to reimpose public and travel restrictions next week, warning that safety guidance for the coronavirus is being frequently ignored.
Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas told local media that they were “determined to protect the majority from the frivolous few.”
Additional testing is already taking place at the Greek-Bulgarian borderCredit: AFP or licensors
Brits are due to return to Greece next week as UK flights resume from July 15Credit: Getty Images – Getty
New restrictions could be introduced as soon as Monday.
Greece says it will be stepping up inspection of bars and restaurants after becoming alarmed over growing coronavirus infection rates just days before direct flights are resumed with the UK.
Health officials are also concerned over the number of “asymptomatic” cases among foreign travellers now entering the popular hotspot.
Leading infectious disease expert Nikos Sipsas this week warned: “Tourism has its risks and three weeks later we are seeing the results.”
Serbian tourists have been banned from entering Greece after Belgrade health officials confirmed a spike in cases, while additional testing is taking place at the Bulgarian border.
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