Coronavirus: Greece Reintroduces SMS Movement Authorization As Country Enters Second Lockdown | World news

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Residents in Greece will need to obtain permission before leaving their homes when the country’s second lockdown goes into effect.

Similar to the measures taken during the first lockdown, people will need to send a text message to a five-digit number, indicating their name, address and why they must leave their home.

The country’s digital governance minister announced the acceptable reasons on Thursday.

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Only essential stores are allowed to remain open

These include visiting a pharmacy or doctor, going to a supermarket or other stores for essentials, going to a bank if online banking cannot be used.

People can also visit those who need help, take children to school, visit children if parents are divorced, exercise outdoors, walk a pet, and attend. at a funeral.

In the event of departure, an identity document must also be brought, as well as a form detailing the reason for departure if sending an SMS is not possible.

Greece announced a second lockdown on Thursday to help curb a sharp increase COVID-19[feminine[feminine infections.

The lockdown, which will last for three weeks, will see the closure of outlets, with exemptions for supermarkets, pharmacies and pet stores.

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the lockdown on Thursday

High schools will also be closed and switch to distance education while primary schools will remain open.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the health system would face “unbearable” pressure if a lockdown was not put in place.

He said: “I have chosen to take drastic measures as soon as possible”.

According to officials, coronavirus cases rose 20% last week.

Passengers walk around Thessaloniki Airport in northern Greece on November 3, 2020. - Greece has announced a two-week lockdown on its second-largest city of Thessaloniki in an attempt to contain a spike in cases of coronavirus.  Flights to and from Thessaloniki airport have been suspended under the measure, which entered into force at the start of November 3, 2020, and also affects the northern city of Serres.  Everything will remain closed except for schools, and those who wish to leave their homes will have to seek permits.
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Arrivals in Greece will be required to provide proof of negative test for coronavirus from Monday

The country recorded 2,917 new infections on Thursday – its highest daily tally since the outbreak began in February.

A total of 702 deaths have been recorded, with a record 29 occurring on Thursday.

From Monday, arrivals in Greece will be required to provide proof of negative testing for the coronavirus within 48 hours of travel.

Hairdressers will also be allowed to operate until Monday to meet demand after the lockdown announcement saw an increase in bookings.

The main opposition Syriza party criticized the government’s failure to support the health system, with MEP Alexis Haritsis adding that “the government has undermined the scale of this crisis”.

Greece predicts that its economy will shrink 8.2% this year due to the pandemic.

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