Greek PM Warns Over Rise in Coronavirus Cases, Says New Curbs Possible

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Greeks should stick to the rules aimed at curbing the coronavirus or COVID-19 more closely than ever, the nation's prime minister stated on Wednesday, warning of new rules if a worrying spike in daily cases does not subside.

Greece confirmed 121 new cases of the deadly novel virus on Tuesday, the highest tally since April 22, and a part of the rise of what appears to be mostly domestic infection cases.

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"Any form of complacency is unjustified," Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. "We still don't know how ...many months we will be forced to live with the virus." In spring, Greece fared better than other countries in controlling the spread of COVID 19 mainly due to targeted lockdowns followed by nationwide curbs imposed during March. Mitsotakis described the registered rise in infections, three months after restrictions were eased, as "worrying".

Total cases have reached 4,855, with data showing the virus affecting more younger people than before. Experts say that could be due either to an increase in tests or because more visitors have been tested during Greece's peak tourism season. Tourism is the main driver of Greece's economy, which is expected to contract by up to 10 percent this year.

"Strict adherence to the rules is demanded even more at this crucial turn, to prevent a new significant rise in cases in August and the adoption of possible new restrictive measures which will hurt the economy and society," Mitsotakis said.

(With agency inputs)

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