Part 3: Coronavirus evolution on Crete

The evolution of the situation in Crete and Greece caused by the coronavirus from 27 March 2020.

Daily updates on the corona situation on Crete here on CreteTip !

 hospital in Neapoli
A container set up in front of the hospital in Neapoli for suspected Covid-19 cases.

Next part: Corona crisis in Crete since April 6, 2020.

The Latest updates on the situation in Crete and Greece:


April 5, 2020 (Sunday):
The curfew is extended at least until April 27.
Today 62 new corona cases (to 1,735, of which 1,584 are active and 93 are severe) and 5 new deaths (to a total of 73).


April 4, 2020 (Saturday):
60 more corona cases (a total of 1,673, of which 1,527 are active and 92 are severe), and five more deaths (to a total of 68). In Crete no new case has been reported for days.

Tomorrow, Sunday, stricter traffic and curfew regulations are to be announced, especially probably because of the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations which is due in two weeks.


April 3, 2020 (Friday):
Greece prohibits swimming, water sports, harpoon diving, etc. on all beaches and seas.
87% of the population agrees with the measures taken by their government, 54% with the current initial restrictions, while 37% demand even stricter measures.
According to Gikas Majorkinis, assistant professor at the Ministry of Health and Epidemiology for Crete, the epidemic in Greece – because it is not a pandemic in the country – is absolutely stable.
On the model of herd immunity, he said: “We have never seen it happen with a natural infection. To reach this level, 70 to 80% of the population of a country must be infected, so we would be talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths per country.
No further action is needed, but more police work to ensure that they are respected by all. Restrictions on movement can keep areas of the province of Crete ‘clean’ of the virus. If the measures are followed in most areas, we will always have one or two cases and it will be over.

Greek Tourism Minister Theocharis pointed out that at the moment nobody can predict when the tourism industry will be able to return to normality. This is especially complicated by the fact that nobody knows exactly what the near future will bring in the countries that make up the mass of tourists in Greece – i.e. Germany, France, Italy, etc.

Today, a further 69 people suffering from COVID-19 have been reported (a total of 1,613, of which 1,493 are active and 92 severe/critical), as well as six more fatalities (to a total of 59).


April 2, 2020 (Thursday):
A refugee camp near the city of Ritsona, north of Athens, has been quarantined for 14 days today after health authorities discovered at least 20 infections with the coronavirus.

The traffic restrictions now apply at least until 31 May 2020, but may be extended. In Greece, a maximum of only 2 persons may sit in a car.
By the end of the week, new restrictive measures are expected to be taken by the government to further limit the spread of the coronavirus to the Greek population.
On the table is a proposal to set a time limit for commuting, for example a three-hour limit and two messages a day for 13033, which also indicate the time of departure.
Consideration is also being given to abolishing the written declaration, with a few exceptions, especially for the elderly.

Today, a further 129 confirmed corona cases (to a total of 1,544, of which 1,430 are active and 91 severe), and two more deaths to a total of 53.
Among the most recent corona infections are 23 in the refugee camp Ritsona and now 119 on the passenger ship ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’, which are becoming ‘hot spots’ in Greece.
A 69-year-old inhabitant of the island of Mykonos has also fallen seriously ill with COVID-19 and has been transferred to Athens. As the women had not left the island recently, the cause of the infection is still unknown, as there were no reports of Coronavirus from the island before.



April 1, 2020 (Wednesday):
First case of a corona infected women reported in one of the overcrowded refugee camps.
The community of Mesopotamia in Kastoria, western Macedonia, is now under strict quarantine for 14 days. From 8 o’clock this evening, no one will be allowed in or out of this town.
In addition, the parishes of Kastoria, Orestis, Nestorio, Xanthi and Myki are now subject to a stricter curfew, which means that no one will be allowed to leave their homes between 8pm and 8am for any reason.

A total of 101 newly reported corona infections were reported today, including another 20 on the passenger ship ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’, which is quarantined off Patras on its way from Turkey to Spain.
Today 1,313 active cases, of which 72 are severe or critical, with one fatality for a total of 50. The average age of the dead is 66 years, of which 14 are women and the rest are men.

Today, between 06:00 and 15:00, 61 violations of the traffic ban were confirmed in Crete and 763 throughout Greece, which represents an increase.


March 31, 2020 (Tuesday):
Cessation of flights between Greece and Holland – Germany, as these are considered high-risk areas. At the same time, the repatriations of Greeks, which are not absolutely necessary, will be stopped, as many people with corona diseases arrived in Greece.

Greece is proving to be an international model for an early response to the Coronavirus.

Today 102 new corona cases, including 20 from a cruise ship (to a total of 1,314, of which 1,213 are active and 72 are severe), and three fatalities (to a total of 49).
Among them the first case in Chania and thus the 14th in Crete: an over 60-year-old man tested positive for the coronavirus in a private clinic.


March 30, 2020 (Monday):
Today, only 56 new corona diseases have been reported (to a total of 1,212, of which 1,117 are active and 66 have a severe or critical course). The average age of these patients is 65 years and more than half have an underlying disease.
4 other people have died of the lung disease COVID-19 (a total of 43 deaths), including a 56-year-old man from Thessaloniki. The average age of the deceased was 71 years so far.

Overall, after a stable phase in the last few days, a downward trend is discernible, so that the measures taken so far, namely curfews and the closure of foreign connections, are obviously having an effect.

Throughout the country, audits of the Greek police services continue to be carried out to detect breaches of measures to prevent and limit the spread of coronaviruses.
In this context, yesterday, 29 March, 1 835 infringements of unnecessary movements were confirmed and administrative penalties were imposed throughout the territory. In Crete 99 infringements were confirmed.


March 29, 2020 (Sunday):
The prefecture of Rethymno is now included in the areas where the virus was registered.
A 58-year-old priest from Rethymnon is the twelfth case of coronavirus in Crete and the first case in the prefecture. The priest worked in a village in the Amari parish and lives in a neighboring village of the same parish.
In particular, the professional environment of his children, who work in a hotel unit that recently hosted foreign visitors from Central Europe, is being studied.

Another confirmed case of coronavirus in Crete – allegedly a female specialist doctor from Aghios Nikolaos.

A total of 95 new cases throughout Greece today (to 1,156, of which 1,066 are active and 66 are serious), and a further six deaths (to a total of 38).

Throughout the country, Greek police officers carry out systematic checks for unnecessary commuting.
Until 3 p.m. on Saturday, 556 offenses were confirmed nationwide and a number of fines were imposed, 26 of which were in Crete.


Container set up in front of a hospital
Container set up in front of a hospital in Crete for suspected cases of corona.
March 28, 2020 (Saturday):
95 new corona cases (to 1061, of which 977 are active and 66 with severe course), four more deaths (to a total of 32). A young woman in Heraklion is the eleventh confirmed case of coronavirus in Crete.
According to information, the 23-year-old was previously in Xanthi (northern Greece).

The progression of the disease in Greece took an average of five days for the patient to develop shortness of breath. The average time to hospitalization is 7 days, while the patient can have an average stay of 14 days in hospital in case of complications. According to empirical data, the length of hospital stay for patients is between 1 and 15 days.
The virus can remain in the body for up to 17 days and in the gastrointestinal tract for up to 27 days, with the risk of infection for third parties decreasing after ten days.

The previous Friday there were 113 violations of the ban on Crete, with the island taking second place in the police ranking.
A total of 1,143 violations were confirmed nationwide on Friday, with 9 people arrested for operating shops, including one in Crete.
According to the police, unnecessary traffic movements were recorded in the following areas, for which a fine of 150 euros is imposed: 387 in Attica, 113 in Crete, 101 in the Ionian Islands, 100 in Western Greece, 81 in the Peloponnese, 75 in Thessaloniki, 57 in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, 50 in Central Greece, 47 in Thessaly, 42 in Epirus, 38 in Southern Aegean, 23 in Central Macedonia, 18 in Northern Aegean and 11 in Western Macedonia.


March 27, 2020 (Friday):
74 new corona cases (to 966, of which 886 active and 66 with severe course), one more dead (to a total of 28).

A 50-year-old man opened his café in Heraklion yesterday afternoon despite the ban, but was arrested by the police. The 50-year-old will be taken to the public prosecutor.
According to ELAS, from the beginning of the measure until Thursday 26 March, 271 violations have been confirmed throughout Greece so far, and 280 people have been arrested.
Yesterday, 92 violations of the traffic ban were recorded in Crete, with the island ranking second in terms of the number of violations. There were 1,113 unauthorized movements throughout the country and a total of 4,063 violations have been confirmed since Monday 23 March.


Here to the previous part: Corona situation on Crete until 15 March 2020.


Further information

Information from the Greek Ministry of Health on Coronavirus in Greece (English)
Official Greek information site on coronavirus (Greek)
Forms and instructions for leaving the house (English)

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