New measures for coronavirus in Greece

Seven new outbreaks of coronavirus , totaling 73 in our country, have been announced by Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras.

Schools will only be closed on a case-by-case basis. 

Also, KAPI will remain closed while school trips are canceled for 15 days and sports events will be held for the next two weeks.

Government measures on coronavirus
Sotiris Tsiodras announced further restrictive measures to protect vulnerable groups.

  • Suspension of CAPI
  • All school excursions for 2 weeks
  • Sports events in camera for 2 weeks
  • Preventive Suspension Continues for Schools, Depending on Occurrence, 

Nor will the theaters, cinemas and stadiums be closed, nor will the churches. There will, of course, be measures taken for public gatherings and there will be cooperation with the Church to urge believers who have a health problem and have symptoms not to come to the Church.

Details of Sotiris Tsiodras’ briefing
“The transmission of the new coronavirus is spreading worldwide. The whole of Europe is in an epidemic phase of multiple imports, with subsequent transmission to the community. Today, worldwide, we have more than 106,000 cases in more than 100 countries.

At this stage, our measures are focused on protecting vulnerable groups from the potential spread of the disease. Further precautionary measures are being announced, which are aimed at limiting the likelihood of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in our country and aiming primarily at protecting vulnerable groups of the population.

These measures are as follows:

Suspension of CAPIs throughout the country for 4 weeks.
Suspension of any conference event on the territory for the next 4 weeks.
Suspension of all school excursions within the country for 2 weeks.
Conduct all sporting events in camera for the next 2 weeks.
The measures are effective from Monday, March 9, 2020, and will be re-evaluated before they expire.

With regard to the training units at each level, the preventive suspension, which is applied on a case-by-case basis, depends on the findings of the contact tracking carried out by the National Public Health Organization.

Finally, 7 new outbreaks of the disease are announced, involving Greek citizens. 6 out of 7 are epidemiologically linked to previously confirmed cases, while for one, contact tracking continues. ”

Coronavirus: 363 negative samples
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours,  363 samples have been negative across the country.


203 in Attica
68 in Achaia
44 in Thessaloniki
27 in Ilia (Amaliada)
3 in Ioannina
3 in Ptolemaida
3 in Argos
2 in Chania
2 in Corfu
2 in Kefalonia
and of 1 in Tripoli, Samos, Kalamata, Zakynthos, Chalkida, Heraklion

Public Health Protection Measures in Swimming Pools
Meanwhile, the need for immediate measures to prevent the spread of the virus in swimming pool facilities is highlighted in a circular by the health ministry. The circular is being communicated to all the Environmental Health Services of the Regional Units of the country, which, within their competencies, must intensify their health checks in the swimming pools of their areas of responsibility.

The Ministry of Health draws the attention of the responsible operators of the swimming pools to:

Strict compliance with all the hygiene requirements of swimming pools, as stated in the relevant applicable health legislation (spectator balconies, changing rooms, showers, changing rooms, washbasins, fountains)

Strict water quality assurance of bathing tanks, which will be ensured by the required sampling, the frequency of which is recommended to be doubled (at least 2 samples per week) for the next 4 months.

The swimming pool water recirculation system, which must be continuously renewed throughout its operation, at a rate that ensures its full renewal in no more than 4 hours and in special cases of 6 hours. The renewal must be achieved either by continuous flow of new clean water or by recirculation of the tank water after prior purification and disinfection. The water purification-disinfection recirculation system will operate all hours of use of the tanks and beyond for as long as necessary to ensure the water is clear and microbiologically appropriate.

The disinfection of water in them, which is mandatory in all cases of the operation of swimming pools.

Measurement of the chlorine residue in the water of the swimming pools which will be chromatographed by the DPD method (Diethylparaphenyldiamine) and rigorously between 0.4 and 0.7 mg / l.

Strict cleanliness and thorough cleaning of swimming pools.

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