Greece reports record daily high of COVID-19 cases

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Greek COVID-19 infections set to hit one-day high
Greek COVID-19 infections set to hit one-day high   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">ATHENS</span> -Greece reported a new daily record of 21,657 <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 infections on Tuesday, more than double the level of the day before.</p> <p>“Omicron prevails, so we should be prepared and this should not cause panic,” Greek health minister Thanos Plevris told state TV <span class="caps">ERT</span>.</p> <p>The country had reported 9,284 cases on Monday, when the government announced tighter curbs would be put in place from Jan. 3 to Jan. 16 to contain infections, targeting mainly night-time entertainment venues. </p> <p>Authorities had also tightened curbs last week, mandating masks in open spaces and banning Christmas and New Year festivities in public places.</p> <p>Greece, which weathered the first wave of the pandemic last year in relatively better shape than some other European countries, has been grappling with a surge in infections in recent weeks that has put a strain on its healthcare system.</p> <p>There have been a total of 1,105,885 <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 infections in the country since the pandemic began, and the death toll stands at 20,557.</p> </div>