As the Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis was warning on Thursday that the choice is between self-protection measures or a lockdown, the country’s health authorities announced 342 new Covid-19 cases and nine deaths.
The number of the fatalities is the second highest in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. 366 people have now died with the disease.
Currently, 68 patients are intubated in intensive care units around Greece.
Earlier, Mitsotakis told Greeks that they have a choice to make in the next days and weeks: either they will adhere to the measures imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus, or they face a lockdown.
In a televised address, the Greek premier appealed to the public to wear masks and comply with health safety regulations so that stricter containment measures can be averted.
“The mask is our vaccination until we have a vaccination,” he said.