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Greece’s lockdown extended to December 7, as intubations, deaths remain high

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The government has extended the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 until 6 a.m. on December 7, as the number of deaths and intubations remained persistently high three weeks into a nationwide lockdown.

Speaking at a regular press conference Thursday, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said the move is necessary as the viral load in the country remains high.

“Especially in some areas, such as Thessaloniki, Serres, Larissa, Aitoloakarnania, Lesvos and Achaia, this burden is a source of concern,” he told the press.

Athanasios Exadactylos, president of the Panhellenic Medical Association, said the lockdown ought to be extended by two weeks, adding that he doesn't see a drop in cases but a stabilization at high levels.

“When we have 596 patients in intensive care units and a relaxation of measures brings in another 100… we will give up. The health system has a limited number of available spaces.”

Matina Pagoni, president of the Athens and Piraeus hospital doctors’ association (EINAP), said that the week of December 7-14 will be crucial.