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Greece: 96 people arrested for violation of quarantine for coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The Greek police are continuing to verify compliance with measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, since March 12, 91 violations have been detected throughout the country, 96 people are owners of small enterprises, the police said.

The day before, 45 arrests were reported.

Most of those arrested in the metropolitan region of Attica – 36 people. In Western Greece, 19 violators were identified. In the northern capital of Greece, Thessaloniki – three are arrested.

The arrestees were in working enterprises – hairdressers, beauty salons, cafes, taverns, entertainment centers, department stores, the operation of which is temporarily prohibited.

“The inspections continue with non-decreasing intensity to protect public health,” the report said.

On Saturday, a government decision was published, having the force of law, providing a fine of 5 thousand euros for business owners for violating measures announced by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In accordance with the government decision “Extraordinary measures to prevent and limit the spread of coronavirus” adopted on February 25, offenders face criminal penalties – imprisonment for up to two years.

In Greece, from March 14, 18 types of enterprises were suspended for 14 days in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Taverns and cafes, hairdressers and beauty salons, museums and cinemas are closed, the work of bookmakers and casinos, fitness centers, the activities of sports clubs, with the exception of athletes and teams in preparation for the Olympic Games, has been suspended. Closed shopping centers and outlets and supermarkets, with the exception of grocery.

In those institutions that will continue to work, in particular, in banks and supermarkets, there should be no queues of more than five people.

In Greece, 228 cases of infection with the new coronavirus COVID-19 were confirmed, four died. Eight people have been discharged. In most cases, the disease is mild.

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