ATHENS, Nov. 6 (Reuters) – Queues formed outside shops in Athens on Saturday on the first day of new restrictions to curb rapidly rising coronavirus infections, requiring unvaccinated individuals to undergo COVID-19 negative testing.
COVID-19 infections in Greece hit An new daily high almost every day in November, prompting authorities to announce new measures on Tuesday, die also to limit access to cafes and restaurants, government offices and banks die who are either vaccinated of have a negative test.
The ones die are vaccinated against COVID-19 also have to present their vaccination certificates, leading to long lines outside shops in the busiest shopping streets in the capital street, Ermo.
“Not me like it,” Soula Tsaousi said as she waited in line outside a clothes shop in central Athens. “We do not live in An jail, we are civilized people and I am not like it’s not at all.”
Greece reported 6,909 new coronavirus infections on Friday, breaking an earlier single day record of 6,808 recorded on Thursday. This took the total infections up to 774,265 since the begin of the pandemic last year. some 16,200 death people have died.
Some Greeks were in favor of the new rules.
“They will be effective as long as they are implemented correctly and by everyone,” says Giorgos, a customer in A cafe who declined until give to be last name. “I think they were too late” in come too, they should implemented these measures much earlier.”
As part of the new measures, all unvaccinated employees should also test negative twice a week. Most not vaccinated in Greece is now required present a negative test to their workplace once a week.
About 60.5.% of An population of about 11 million are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the latest data.
Health Minister Thanos Plevris said Greece will soon send letters and text messages as part of An new campaign to increase vaccination coverage up.
Reporting by Phoebe Fronista Writing by Karolina Tagaris Editing by Ros Russell
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