Greece records 15 new COVID-19 infections as more support measures announced

Greece announced on Thursday that COVID-19 infections totaled 2,591, with 140 deaths, since the start of the outbreak in the country on Feb. 26.

Since Wednesday, 15 new cases were diagnosed and one patient died, officials told a regular press briefing at the Greek Health Ministry.

Currently, 38 people were being treated in intensive care units with an average age of 67 years old, while 74 have been discharged from ICUs.

So far Greek authorities have conducted more than 75,000 diagnostic tests. Greece is in a full lockdown since March 23 which is scheduled to end on May 4.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced from the parliament’s podium on Thursday a few more support measures to deal with the economic repercussions of the pandemic.

The protection of primary residences from foreclosure will be extended until the end of July 2020, he said.

Mitsotakis noted that the Greek government has already taken support measures for citizens and businesses amounting to 17.5 billion euros (19 billion U.S dollars), which are going to reach 24 billion euros when European funds will be available. (1 euro = 1.09 U.S. dollars)