Flights: Countries will be classified as “red”, “yellow” and “green” – Where will the tests take place?

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The authorities in Greece are ready to restart and foreign tourism as the flights to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport will be released from June 15 and to the country’s airports from July 1.

However, this does not mean that the flow of travelers to our country will be uncontrollable. On the contrary, there will be special security protocols in order to identify possible imported cases of coronavirus, and to check their contacts so that there is no spread of the virus in Greece.

According to information, special manuals have already been prepared for the classification of time based data on the cases and the victims which will result from the weekly evaluation of the epidemiological load and data of each country of origin of the travelers.

The above data will be placed on a map in the operations center of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, in which the countries will be classified as “red”, “orange”, “green” and “yellow”, depending on the epidemiological data so that the flights can be selected. in which the sample tests will be performed.
According to the same information, in the “green” countries in a total of about 150 passengers one to two checks, in the “yellow” at least five to ten checks, in the “orange” countries 20 to 30, while in the “red” countries it may be sampling even for all passengers of the flight.

However, in order to implement the above operational plan, 15 strike teams are expected to be set up at the country’s airports with military doctors, nurses and EODY and GGP staff. These groups, according to the plan, will carry out sampling checks on flights from abroad arriving in Greece.

According to the plan, after identification of cases, their contacts will be tracked and they will enter a 14-day quarantine.

Hardalias: The government’s plan to open tourism will gradually and carefully evolve
The government’s plan to open tourism will gradually and carefully evolve . “We will prepare so that on July 1 , observing everything that is happening in all countries, we can open up in terms of absolute security for the general population of our country,” said Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias, answering a question. RES-EIA for the concern from the arrival of tourists without tests, only sampling.

“We understand the concerns that may exist, but we need to be confident because we know what we are doing and how we are going to do it. We have 40 days ahead of us to prepare with specific structural, conventional, digital tools and with the same responsibility that we have secured for the sealing and suspension of the pandemic in the past, with the same consequence we will guarantee the insurance terms of the general population from the opening of tourism, “he said. He added that “there should be no concern about the procedures to be followed. Sampling and testing will be both thorough and rigorous where needed to keep the general population safe. After all, the mechanism of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection remains fully alert and vigilant. ”

He reiterated the timing of the resumption of tourism, noting that countries with negative epidemiological characteristics will be excluded, which will be announced in a timely manner and monitored for their epidemiological characteristics in order to make release decisions if they meet the criteria.

The government’s plan to restart tourism provides a detailed set of access scenarios for health structures, as well as the possibility of Covid-19 disease testing. “The government is paying close attention to the establishment of health protocols for the operation of tourism businesses and the transfer of visitors,” he said.

“Disappearance” of incoming cases
Regarding the flights, the test and the quarantine continue and this procedure, as the Undersecretary said, allows us to have full control of the incoming flights. “Absolute data show a reduction, almost extinction, of incoming cases.” Characteristically, he stated that from May 13 to May 20, 21 flights with 2236 passengers have landed in Athens and only one test was positive.

In fact, in the last 4 days, 3 flights have arrived from Germany with 548 passengers, many of them come in transit from countries with severe epidemiological burdens and all the tests were negative.

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