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No plan to tighten Covid-related restrictions in Thessaloniki, says minister

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The Greek government has no immediate plan to further tighten restrictions related to the pandemic in Thessaloniki, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said on Thursday, during a meeting with local officials in the city.

Greece’s second biggest city has seen a rise in infections in recent days.

“There is no panicking…there is no question of tightening measures, there is a question of strict observance of the existing ones,” he said.

Speaking at the same meeting, Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said the government wants to a repeat of the major outbreak in Thessaloniki similar to the one in November 2020, when a surge in coronavirus infections pushed the hospital system to its limits.

The minister said there is an “increase” of infections in the city, not a an “outbreak” and the meeting in Thessaloniki aimed at preventing it.