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Lifting of Coronavirus Lockdown in Sight as Greece Records Zero Deaths

The Greek government is expected to announce next week the gradual lifting the coronavirus restrictions which will start on May 4, as health authorities announced on Saturday that no fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours.

Health Ministry representative Sotiris Tsiodras said theat the death toll from coronavirus remains unchanged at 130. He announced 16 new cases of infections in the country which raise the total number to 2,506.

Tsiodras said 47 people remain in intensive care units around the country, with the average age of those patients being 67. At the same time, 63 people have left ICU. Health authorities have run a total of 63,087 tests.

Government officials are holding successive meetings over the weekend to finalize a plan for the gradual lifting of the measures.

According to press reports, the lifting of restrictions will begin on May 4 with the opening of small retail stores, including hairdressers and beauty salons. It is also thought that movement restrictions will be lifted on the same day by ending the process through which people apply via sms before they venture out of home.

The opening of high schools will follow the week after, on May 11, according to the same reports. Restaurants and coffee shops will follow two weeks later on May 25, whereas churches and hotels will have to wait until the middle of June.

Greece will be able to welcome tourists from selected countries by July, as minister of Tourism Charis Theocharis said on Thursday.

Related: Six Ways Greece Has Successfully Flattened the Coronavirus Curve

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