Greece will shut restaurants and bars in the most populous areas of the country for one month to help stop the surge in coronavirus cases.
The popular tourist destination will also expand a night-time curfew on movement, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an public address.
Greece has reported less cases coronavirus than most in Europe, but has seen a gradual increase in infections since early October.
On Wednesday, Greece registered 1,547 new Covid-19 cases, its highest daily tally.
There were 1,211 new cases reported on Thursday and 12 deaths, bringing the number of deaths since the onset of the virus in late February to 615.
Based on a four-tier risk assessment by authorities, the country’s second-largest city Thessaloniki, as well as the central cities of Larissa and the northern Rodopi region would be in localised lockdown with only schools and retail businesses operating.
Civil protection minister Nikos Hardalias said: “The average age of new infections suggests there is a big correlation with gatherings for entertainment, sport and other activities.”
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