Greece has long been perceived as a "safe" country in the context of holiday travel this year. For a long time, the daily number of new confirmed cases was very low. In the period from April 22 to July 27, the number of new cases did not exceed 60 people, and the most frequently confirmed cases were several cases a day. In the context of what was happening in other countries of southern Europe, these results gave great hope that Greece would go through the epidemic in a very gentle way. However, it seems that the past three weeks have seen a significant change in this trend. Currently, no less than 200 cases are recorded each day. For example, today, another 269 people have been added to the covid statistics in Greece, and you should also take into account that this country has a population of around 10 million.
Many people are probably wondering what the current incidence statistics are in Crete. For example, today there were 11 new cases, and last Sunday was the "record" of cases. On that day, as many as 26 people had a positive test result. For comparison - during the entire lockdown, the total number of patients in Crete did not exceed 20….
According to data provided by the Civil Protection Office, in the period from July 1 to August 16, 50 sick tourists were detected in tests carried out at border crossings in Crete, 615 people for the whole of Greece. 364 "positive" tourists were confirmed in tests at airports, 17 at ports and 234 at the land border. Most of the infected people came from Romania (88), Bulgaria (86), Albania (63), Serbia and Sweden (29).
The sudden spike in the incidence recorded in Greece has started to take notice of other countries in such a short time. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have decided to quarantine travelers coming from Greece for two weeks. Similar restrictions will also apply to Norwegian citizens returning from Greek holidays. In this country, from August 22, people coming from Greece will be subject to a 10-day quarantine. The decisions of these countries are a big blow to Greece.
In 2019, flights from Norway accounted for 13.3% of the total number of arrivals at Chania airport. This year, the Baltic market is also important for Greece. If the current restrictions had not been introduced, it would probably be the only one to maintain the same number of tourists in the current season as last year. Such good forecasts resulted, among other things, from the fact that the local tour operators and airlines even increased the number of places in the pool. Approximately 16,769 tourists from Latvia, 20,435 from Lithuania and 12,000 from Estonia came to Crete last year.
At the same time, the Finnish authorities announced yesterday that as of August 24, they are reintroducing travel restrictions, including to Greece, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Like Norway and the Baltic States, Finland will also impose a 14-day quarantine on those returning from Greece.
Such questions arise most often. The Greek government is introducing significant restrictions on Mykonos and Chalkidiki from tomorrow. Masks will be mandatory there both in closed and open spaces. All mass events are canceled. Both public and private assemblies cannot exceed 9 participants. The number of people sitting at the tables is also limited to 4, in the case of families with the closest relatives to 6. As for the restrictions in Crete, these remain unchanged for now.