Over 20 Greeks returning from Spain test positive for Coronavirus,

Of 263 Greek nationals who have returned from Spain on two flights in recent days 21 have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Most of the passengers came from Barcelona and some from Madrid.

The entire group is quarantined in an Athens hotel. All people who return from abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days and authorities keep track of them.

Those who violate the quarantine are fined 5,000 euros and that has happened to 17 people who have returned from abroad to date.

«A health bomb was ready to go off, spreading the disease in our country, despite all the measures and sacrifices carried out to prevent the worst from happening…Our decision to isolate those returning to Greece was based on specific protocols that are followed by all other countries where Coronavirus has spread. We noticed that most infections occurred in cities in northern Spain. We proceed to isolate all those passengers,» Underminister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias told a news conference this afternoon.

48 new cases, 20 dead

The health ministry's spokesman regarding the Coronavirus, Professor Dimitris Tsiodras, told the daily, nationally broadcast presser that the virus spread curve appears to have relatively flattened for now.

Asked to comment on the case of a young woman who died of COVID-19 at home, he said he expected more information on possible underlying problems, especially of a chronic respiratory type.

He stressed that young people are not immune from death by the virus.

Tsiodras announced 48 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, raising Greece's total to 743.

He said 134 infected patients are in hospital, of whom 45 are on respirators.

About 50-60 percent of patients placed on respirators do...

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