UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias canceled vacations and days off for doctors and medical staff of hospitals, the Ministry of Health said.
The order will be valid until new directions.
Holidays to doctors were canceled immediately after the first case of coronavirus in Greece was confirmed.
In Thessaloniki, a 38-year-old Greek woman was hospitalized, visiting the affected areas of Northern Italy. According to experts from the Ministry of Health, the disease is mild.
The number of victims of coronavirus infection in Italy has grown to 12, in all, 374 cases of infection with a new type of virus have been recorded since the start of the epidemic, Italian Civil Defense Minister Angelo Borrelli said earlier at a press conference in Rome.
On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).
Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.
The number of infected in mainland China has already exceeded 78 thousand people, 2715 have died, over 29 thousand have been cured. According to WHO, in 33 countries recorded more than 80 thousand cases of infection with COVID-19.