Digital Desk, Athens. The Greek government has announced the end of some COVID-19 restrictions, including local lockdowns, night curfews and music bans at entertainment venues in the country, urging citizens to get vaccinated to return to normalcy . Fully vaccinated individuals will be given additional freedom, reports Xinhua news agency. Indoor areas of entertainment, such as bars and restaurants, where only fully vaccinated people will be allowed entry.
Health Minister Thanos Pleveris said in a televised press briefing, “Our enemy is the coronavirus and vaccination is the only way.” After two national lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, the Greek authorities have gradually eased restrictions and in recent months only Implemented additional security measures at a regional level.
The minister said, despite the still high number of new infections, the national health system has been better than last year, with most of the new cases not requiring hospitalization due to vaccination. Greece recorded 2,876 new cases and 34 deaths in the past 24 hours, while 334 patients were in intensive care units. According to the latest official figures, about 6.2 million people, or 57 percent of the population, have been vaccinated so far.