Coronavirus: Greece locks down Muslim-majority towns in NE

Several test positive in Ehinos

26 March, 13:25

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MARCH 26 - Greek authorities imposed a lockdown on some Muslim-majority towns in northeastern Greece Wednesday after several cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were found in the area.

    One who tested positive, a 72-year-old man, has died. All of the inhabitants of the Xanthi region have been ordered to stay at home with no exceptions, civil protection deputy chief Nikos Hardalias said.

    The source of the first infections seems to be a small town with 2,500 inhabitants called Ehinos. Most of the inhabitants are Pomak, a Muslim group of Slavic origins who live mainly in Bulgaria. Hardalias said that the civil protection would be providing food. Many of the Pomak are migrant workers that were living in Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany but who returned home after these countries began enforcing lockdowns and shutting their borders. There are 821 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greece and 22 people with the virus have died. (ANSAmed).

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