Covid-19 sampling tests to travelers returning from their holidays on the islands start on Sunday 16 August in the two ports of Piraeus and Rafina, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The aim, as mentioned in the relevant announcement of the Attica Region, is to raise the awareness of tourists returning to the small town “to protect the whole community from any spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in their environment or in the community, upon their return to Attica.” and especially in vulnerable groups. “
From Sunday morning until sunset, special steps of the Coordination Center of the Attica Region and the Medical Association of Athens, which for three months now carry out sampling tests for Covid-19 in Attica (more than 3,000 tests have been performed ) will be located in the ports of Piraeus and Rafina for epidemiological sampling of travelers.
At the same time, volunteers from the Attica Region will distribute information material with precautionary instructions to avoid the spread of the epidemic, informing travelers in detail about the dangers of transmitting COVID -19 to the community.
Emphasis is placed on cases of asymptomatic carriers and activities that during the trip may have exposed citizens to an increased risk of transmitting the disease.
“The Attica Region with targeted actions and under the supervision of the coordinating body that has been created with the cooperation of ISA, has put its mechanisms and services on alert, in order to stop the outbreak of the epidemic that is observed in the territory, but also in Attica region in the heart of summer, on the 15th of August.
That is why we are in a hurry, from the first day of the return of the excursionists to the basin, to control, raise awareness and inform about the individual responsibility required of all of us and the care for the protection of our cities from the terrible epidemic.“, Stressed in a statement the governor of Attica and president of ISA, George Patoulis and added:
“We will stand guard at the entrance gates of the country, but also through the call center 1110 that responds to the calls of the citizens on a 24-hour basis, we will continue to be vigilant for the safety of society as a whole and especially of our most vulnerable fellow citizens.”
In the same context is the urging of Professor of Infectious Diseases Nikos Sypsas and the president of the Panhellenic Medical Association Athanasios Exadachtilos, to those who return from vacation, not to come in contact for at least seven days with family members and people who belong in vulnerable groups, as well as to wear a mask if they have vulnerable people at home, grandparents, people with chronic diseases, etc.
According to Mr. Sypsas, those returning from vacation should “consider themselves infected” and voluntarily put themselves in a seven-day self-restraint.
“They need to protect vulnerable groups and the elderly in their families“, He underlined, to clarify how “There is no need to impose or give any instruction by the State, it is the responsibility of each of us to protect vulnerable groups, it goes without saying.”