ATHENS: Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced that all schools and universities in Greece will be shut down for 14 days so as to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
This is a precautionary measure that will be applicable to all levels of students. The measure is taken after the suggestions of the ministry's committee of experts, the Minister said on Tuesday.
Kikilias requested parents to keep children at home and said, "Once again I stress that we should all demonstrate responsibility."
He further added, "In coordination with employers' associations, the government has announced measures to facilitate employees to work from home or in shifts and support affected businesses."
A total of 89 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has been reported from Greece so far. The first case was reported on the 26th of February.
Vangelis Marinakis, a Greek businessman, owner of Olympiacos FC and Nottingham Forest FC, announced on Tuesday that he was among the infected ones.
"I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and am complying with the doctors' instructions. I advise all my fellow citizens to do the same. A speedy recovery to us all," he wrote in a Facebook post. His travel history was of Britain.
Most of the cases in Greece have been linked to the travelers who returned from Italy and a group of people who traveled to Egypt and Israel. Their close contacts have also tested positive of COVID-19.
According to the Greek Health Ministry, an infected elderly man, who was hospitalized in Western Greece, was in a critical condition.
Greek authorities have introduced a series of measures to contain the epidemic, reiterating calls to the public to follow experts' instructions.