Greece extends restrictions to curb Omicron variant

ATHENS: Greece will extend restrictions on restaurants and bars for a week to contain the Omicron variant, which has dominated the country and been the main driver of a surge in coronavirus infections in recent weeks.

The country imposed restrictions on bars, restaurants and nightclubs during the Christmas holiday, which was due to end on January 17.

The restrictions, requiring bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close at midnight, with no patrons and no music, will be extended until Jan. 24, health authorities said Wednesday (Jan. 12). A double mouth cap remains mandatory in supermarkets and transport.

Authorities have said the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious, is dominant in the community after it was first discovered in early December.

Greece reported 32,694 new infections and 80 related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 1,568,215 and the death toll to 21,559.

It recorded a record 50,126 coronavirus infections in a day on January 4.

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