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Greece introduces new coronavirus curbs as Omicron pushes cases up

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Greece introduces new coronavirus curbs as Omicron pushes cases up
Greece introduces new coronavirus curbs as Omicron pushes cases up   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">ATHENS</span> – Greece is introducing new restrictions on the hospitality sector from Thursday, bringing forward measures planned for early January as coronavirus infections surge. </p> <p>The decision came a day after authorities announced a new daily record of 21,657 cases, more than double compared to Monday. Authorities said the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious, appeared to be dominant in the community, barely a month after it was first detected.</p> <p>Bars, nightclubs and restaurants will be forced to close at midnight, with no standing customers and no music, with the exception of New Year’s Eve when then can stay open until 2 a.m.. </p> <p>“These measures, if they are applied in our entirety, will allow us from mid January to go back to our normal lives,” Health Minister Thanos Plevris told a news conference.</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/> </div>