Daily COVID-19 infections in Greece hit new high

COVID-19 infections in Greece hit a new single-day high on Friday with 508 cases reported in 24 hours, Greek authorities said.

The previous highest daily number — 460 cases — was registered on Oct. 2.

Now the total stands at 24,450 since the first infection was diagnosed on Feb. 26 in Greece, the National Public Health Organization announced.

Eight patients died since Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 490, while 81 patients were currently treated in intensive care units.

Attica region, which hosts about half of Greece population, continues to lead in the number of infections per region, Gkikas Magiorkinis, a professor of epidemiology who participates in the committee of experts advising the Greek Health Ministry on the management of the COVID-19 challenge, told a regular press briefing.

Out of the 508 new cases, 227 infections were registered in Attica.

The Greek government has repeatedly said that a second nationwide lockdown like the one imposed in spring would be the last resort.

Greek officials have been introducing restrictive measures on the regional level, when deemed necessary.

On Friday, the region of Kozani in northern Greece became the first area to enter lockdown during the second wave of the pandemic. Authorities announced that until Oct. 29, protective face masks will be compulsory everywhere, and public gatherings and traveling outside the region are forbidden. Retail shops, restaurants, cinemas, and gyms will remain closed for two weeks.