As recently as Dec 27, only 9,284 new
infections were recorded in a day. The number of deaths recorded in a day
dropped to 61 from 78 on Monday.
The country imposed new curbs on bars,
restaurants and nightclubs last week, following the surge of infections with
the omicron variant over the Christmas holidays.
Hundreds of thousands of students and teachers
will nonetheless return to class as scheduled on Jan. 10 but pupils will need
to be tested three times during the first week – once more than before the
holidays. “Nothing can replace in-person schooling,” Education
Minister Niki Kerameus said in a televised briefing.
Greece has registered a total of 21,053 deaths
linked to COVID-19 since February 2020, and has reported 1,344,923 cases for a
population of nearly 11 million to date.