The Doha flight has given a rehearsal for Summer (and Greece passed!)

A rehearsal for the summer and the opening of tourism was the detection of 12 cases of corona on the flight from Doha that landed the day before yesterday at “El. Venizelos “.

As it was announced yesterday, 19 new cases were identified in the country , 12 of which came from the specific flight. Nine of the positive passengers are Pakistani nationals coming from the city of Guhrat, with a residence permit in Greece, two are Greek nationals coming from Australia and finally another person of Japanese nationality, a member of a Greek-Japanese family, was found positive.

What happened to the plane from Doha
As for the plane from Doha, the usual procedure followed until now has been followed, the operational plan that Greece has been implementing so far with foreign passengers has been implemented, ie tests for all 91 passengers and their transfer to a hotel until they leave. Results. After the results have been released and 12 cases have been identified , the provisions are followed, ie the 12 will remain at the hotel in quarantine for 14 days and the rest in quarantine for 7 days, as high and low risk contacts. After 7 days, they will be tested for coronavirus again.

Following the test results, the Greek government decided to temporarily suspend all flights to and from Qatar until June 15.

Corona crash management test in the summer?
Cases of the flight from Doha did not surprise scientists and government officials, who managed the situation and assessed the data, which is critical for the coming months that the country will open to tourism .

As no one can deny that the opening of tourism implies that there will be imported cases of coronavirus, the picture with the plane from Doha gives a picture of the situation that will most likely be formed as soon as the tourist movement begins. But also the way and the readiness of the Greek state to deal with the situation, forming the appropriate operational plans in order to identify the cases in time.

Vatopoulos: There will be a risk with the tourists, we have to set up a system that will reduce it
Speaking to SKAI this morning, microbiology professor Alkiviadis Vatopoulos said there would be a risk of a corona with tourists coming to the country, but noted that there are no sane people who say the borders should not be opened.

“It is clear that there will be a risk with tourists,” said Alkiviadis Vatopoulos, explaining that opening the border is a big bet and that there is a risk, but we need to set up a system to reduce that risk. That is why, as he notes, we have various weapons such as the border test for incoming tourists, which can be done in various ways, as well as the system of surveillance and rapid diagnosis of any incidents and isolation.

Compared to influenza, he stressed that the coronavirus is reduced differently than influenza, citing Egypt, which has many cases and heat. “There is no identification of influenza with coronavirus,” he said.

However, Professor Vatopoulos, making his own assessment, expressed the view that there is no second wave of corona in Greece in the summer. “I believe that by making all this effort with early diagnosis and border tests, I believe there will be no second wave of corona in the summer.”

Mandatory precautionary quarantine for foreign passengers – In two phases
It is reminded that the measure of mandatory preventive quarantine for passengers of all nationalities arriving in our country from all international destinations is extended until Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 23:59 , but it is divided into two phases, one for the first fortnight and one phase “bridge” for the 2nd fortnight of June.

In the first phase, until midnight on June 14, 2020, the rule still applies that all passengers must, even Greeks coming from abroad, have to take tests and if this is negative they must remain in self-restraint (quarantine) for seven days. If they are positive, they should stay in mandatory preventive quarantine for 14 days.

In the second phase from Monday, June 15, this method of mandatory testing and quarantine will continue to be performed for passengers coming from countries at high risk of transmitting Covid-19, as assessed by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). ). The list is constantly updated and travelers must be informed before traveling as if they refuse the test they will not be accepted at the arrival airport. All other citizens will be accepted without restrictions, but may be subjected to sampling tests upon arrival, as a specific number of passengers on all flights will take the test.

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