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Greece reports first coronavirus infection26 February 2020

Greece has reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus, according to AFP.

A spokesman for the Greek health ministry said the patient, a 38-year-old woman who had recently traveled to northern Italy, was in a Thessaloniki hospital and in good condition.

It comes after Greek authorities outlined the measures the country would take in the event of a mass outbreak, including a shutdown of public areas and travel restrictions.

The measures, contained in a government decree, include temporary travel bans to and from countries with a large number of infections and enable beds to be requisitioned in hotels and private clinics.

The decree also foresees the temporary closure of “indoor public gathering areas” such as schools, places of worship, cinemas, theatres, sports halls, and businesses.

“We are ready to do whatever is necessary to protect public health,” said government spokesman Stelios Petsas.

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