Chinanews, December 17th. According to the Greek "China Greek Times" report, on the evening of the 16th local time, the National Public Health Organization of Greece announced that there were 4,696 new confirmed cases of new crowns in Greece in the past 24 hours, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases increased to 1,022,141; new There were 96 deaths and 19,651 deaths.

  Expert: After the holiday, fear of "infecting tsunami"

  On the 16th local time, Greek medical researcher Pavlakis said that Greece needs to adopt more new restrictions to reduce the spread of the new crown.

  He said, “After the holidays, Greece may usher in an infection tsunami. The authorities should implement new restrictions, including early closure of schools and stricter measures on bars and restaurants.”

  He emphasized that the main indicator for measuring the epidemic situation is the number of cases, not the number of severely ill patients or deaths.

If the number of cases does not drop significantly, it means that the current epidemic prevention measures have not been effective.

  Regarding the vaccination situation in Greece, he said, “Although the situation is more optimistic from the vaccination rate. However, the World Health Organization and the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both warned in recent days that in the face of the rapid outbreak of the Omi Keron variant, only Relying on vaccination is not enough. Therefore, people must strictly follow epidemic prevention measures such as wearing masks, avoiding overcrowding, maintaining air circulation in closed spaces, and washing hands frequently."

  Prime Minister of Greece: does not rule out taking additional measures

  On the 16th local time, Greek Prime Minister Mizotakis, who was attending the EU leaders’ meeting in Brussels, said that in view of the spread of the Omi Keron strain, it is not ruled out that Greece will implement new restrictions before the holiday to control the epidemic.

  Mizotakis said he was "concerned" about Omi Keron's data.

He said, “The best response to Omi Keron is to speed up the vaccination plan. Greece is achieving this goal by increasing the vaccination of the booster in advance. If more restrictive measures and more tests are needed, we These work will be carried out during the holiday season to reduce the spread of the virus and buy more time to increase the vaccination rate."

  The immigration policy has changed again?

  The Greek government announced on the 15th local time that from 6 a.m. on the 19th, all passengers entering from abroad must hold a certificate of negative nucleic acid test within 48 hours.

This measure does not include travelers who stay abroad for less than 48 hours.

However, within 24 hours after the measure was announced, the authorities made adjustments to it.

  On the 16th local time, Greek government spokesman Okonomo said that all travelers from abroad need to have a negative nucleic acid test within 72 hours before entry.

He also emphasized that this is a temporary measure to prevent imported cases from abroad, and does not rule out the possibility of a slight extension during the implementation process.

  Although the Greek official has not issued a press release on this change, the local TV station reported that “the 72 hours announced by the government spokesperson is not a slip of the tongue that many people think, but to allow travelers more time to come. Prepare for the trip."

  However, the adjustment of the immigration policy triggered a strong protest from the Federation of Travel Agents, which believes that the government's sudden implementation of this measure will have a certain negative impact on the tourism industry.

(Cai Ling)