Coronavirus — China Restricts Travelers, Greece Locks Down

  • The access limit has been one of China’s main strategies to contain the spread of a pandemic.
  • The Chinese Ministry of Health reported 28 new cases of coronavirus in the country on Thursday.
  • Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday a three-week lockdown at the national level, starting Saturday.

China on Thursday announced new restrictions on entry to the country by travelers from several European countries due to the second wave of coronavirus infections. Many countries have seen their highest number of cases of the entire COVID-19 pandemic, which began in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, in October 2019.

Passengers wearing face masks at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, May 1, 2020.

The Chinese embassies in several European countries– including the United KingdomBelgiumFrancePolandDenmark, and the Czech Republic– have published notices in which they announced that, from Friday, those who want to travel to the Asian country must present a negative test and an antibody test to obtain diplomatic permission.

The access limit has been one of China’s main strategies to contain the spread of a pandemic that originated from within its territory, in the city of Wuhan. It has also opted for mass testing in places where outbreaks have been detected in recent months, which has allowed it to bring the virus under control.

The Chinese Ministry of Health reported 28 new cases of coronavirus in the country on Thursday. Of these, eight are of local transmission and 20 are imported from abroad.

The Situation in Greece

Elsewhere, Greece has also joined the lockdowns that several European countries are ordering, owing to the second wave of coronavirus. The Greek Prime Minister, Kiriakos Mitsotakis, announced on Thursday a three-week lockdown at the national level, starting Saturday, in order to contain the increase in infections in the country.

“I’ve chosen once again to take drastic measures sooner rather than later,” Prime Minister Mitsotakis said, adding that Greece had experienced an “aggressive increase in cases” over the last five days. The lockdown will take effect at 6 AM on Saturday.

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shows a map of Europe during his announcement on the country’s new lockdown.

The Prime Minister has stressed that if the government waited, and the current measures did not work, then the pressure on the country’s hospitals would be “unbearable,” with thousands of patients.

In addition, he has advanced that the government will financially support the citizens who are affected by the new lockdown.

As per the arrangements of this second quarantine, kindergarten and primary schools will remain open, but secondary education will be conducted remotely.

In addition, travel between regions will be prohibited, and those who want to leave their home to work, shop, hospital, or exercise will have to send a text message to a government number.

In Greece, the night curfew was in force since Tuesday night, between 00:00 and 5:00, but the government had already warned of the possibility of a new lockdown. In fact, since Monday a total lockdown in Thessaloniki and Serres, in northern Greece, was in force for a period of at least two weeks.

The country registered a new daily record of infections on Wednesday, with 2,646, while the occupancy rate in ICUs is currently at 69 percent. So far, the pandemic has resulted in 47,000 cases and more than 670 fatalities.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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