Both the Greek and Norwegian governments announce new measures against the spread of the corona virus on Thursday. The number of infections is increasing rapidly in both countries.
In Greece, the government has announced a nationwide lockdown, which is set to start next Saturday and will last three weeks. In several cities, extra measures have been in place since Tuesday, but because, according to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the number of infections is rising sharply and the pressure on hospitals is increasing, it has been decided to institute a national lockdown.
The newspaper writes that all shops except supermarkets and pharmacies will close and traffic between different regions will be stopped. It is also expected that anyone who wants to leave their home is obliged to notify the government. Secondary schools are also closing. Primary schools and childcare will remain open.
The number of infections in Greece has risen sharply since October. A record number of 2646 new infections was reported on Wednesday. “I have chosen to take drastic measures, rather now than later,” said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is also pulling the reins in her country. She asks Norwegians to stay at home as much as possible. Bars should also close earlier and social interaction is being asked to avoid as much as possible. Norway has had one of the lowest rates of infection in Europe for a long time, but the number is increasing. Last week, 3118 new cases were reported, the week before 1718.
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