Greek health officials announced on Wednesday that 21 people have tested positive for coronavirus.
The new cases include individuals who came in close contact with a man who was infected after a religious pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt.
The new cases brought the total in Greece to 31.
Health Ministry official Sotiris Tsiodras said a significant rise was expected in the coming weeks.
“More than 400 contacts of the individual have been tracked,” Tsiodras said, according to a report from Reuters.
As a result of the latest coronavirus outbreak, the government closed schools and banned public gatherings in three western Greek districts near Patras.
Featured image: people wearing protective face masks sit outside the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece, where the country’s first confirmed coronavirus case was being treated. February 26, 2020. (Photo / Alexandros Avramidis, Reuters)
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