Athens: a new Bergamo? 

The sharp increase of COVID-19 cases has raised eyebrows in Greece with scientists and media talking about the danger of Athens becoming a “new Bergamo”. Hospitals in Athens currently have 99 intensive care units, 62 non-COVID and 37 for COVID cases. The Greek government is mulling additional measures in Athens to avoid a general lockdown.

While Greece managed the pandemic well in spring, since late August it has been suffering from a sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases. Greek authorities don’t speak about a second wave yet, but people do, because the new cases were practically zeroed at the end of June.

Since then, Greece has opened its tourism sector and lots of new cases were reported in many islands. But now the epicentre is the downtown of Athens and the island of Lesvos.

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