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Greece bans Serbia for tourism restart after 20 Serbians test positive amongst 46 positive tourists in a day

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Greece bans Serbia for tourism restart after 20 Serbians test positive amongst 46 positive tourists in a day

Either Serbia is undercounting their cases or Greece got really unlucky getting so many positive cases from Serbia which supposedly has only 3k active cases

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/tou ... s-in-weeks
reece on Monday recorded its first positive tests for coronavirus in weeks, with the majority of the cases being tourists.

Of 43 people who tested positive, 36 were tourists, health authorities reported. Twenty of those tourists came from Serbia, according to Greek state radio (ERT). The remaining 16 tourists came from various other countries, ERT reported.

Since the country was opened again to tourism on July 1, over 100,000 holidaymakers have entered Greece via the Bulgarian-Greek border crossing, local media estimate.

Greece on Monday morning temporarily closed its borders to Serbian citizens in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the Balkan country.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described the decision as "unfortunate."

"The decision will be periodically reviewed by Greece ... we hope that other facts will be taken into account. It is obvious that Greece has an interest in foreign tourists coming and most tourists are just coming from Serbia," Dacic was cited as saying by Anadolu Agency (AA).

Tourist operators in Serbia have also expressed frustration over the decision, describing it as unfair and calling on tourist organizations in Greece to react.

Serbia currently has only 3,067 active coronavirus cases – out of 16,131 total confirmed cases, with a death toll of 311, according to data compiled by the U.S.' Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, 293 Serbian passengers in two different airplanes arrived in Turkey's southern coastal city of Antalya, as the country continues to receive Serbian tourists who want to spend their summer vacations on the seaside.

I am aware of "some" citizen dissatisfied in Serbia about lack of tests and ventilators amongst other things to deal with covid19

Anyone speak Serbian can confirm the subtitle?

https://v.redd.it/jscwxqesoi951

Since restart of tourism, approx 100 cases of covid19 imported into Greece in a week

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/0 ... ce-july-1/
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It seems Greece is considering a lockdown again.

Shows how difficult it is to plan travel in these times... even if you can go one day, doesn't mean you'll be able to go the next day, and things can shut down while you're there. Flights may also disappear, leaving you stranded.
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It is better not to book a trip unless you are prepared to take the risks associated with it and they are pretty clear at this point. Things can change (and do) overnight.
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At least they are smart enough to look at data and adjusting accordingly instead of staying completely shut indefinitely to everyone for no logical reason.
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I think alot of countries underreporting their case/death numbers to remain “safe” from foreign restrictions and bans
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mcbg1 wrote: At least they are smart enough to look at data and adjusting accordingly instead of staying completely shut indefinitely to everyone for no logical reason.
Well it's more like they have no choice due to tourism being significant portion of their economy and they don't have fiscal capacity to take the correct action.

Kinda like how India ended their lockdown despite surging overwhelming cases and medical facilities, they just don't have a choice.

Hence why the concern from beginning about how poorer countries will be disproportionately impacted. This is also the case with how the poorer population is disproportionately impacted in wealthier nations like Canada
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ozzie16 wrote: It seems Greece is considering a lockdown again.

Shows how difficult it is to plan travel in these times... even if you can go one day, doesn't mean you'll be able to go the next day, and things can shut down while you're there. Flights may also disappear, leaving you stranded.
They've imposed restrictions with Bulgaria now due to high case numbers from them. They're flying blind without need for testing or quarantine of visitors and only "banning" certain countries after high imported infections from them instead of being proactive

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/0 ... sts-bring/

They now have more active infections than at any point before due to reopening of tourism. They are stuck between rock and hard place and had to choose containment or having tourism open back up

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/0 ... sts-bring/
Greece could reintroduce some lockdown measures, after the country has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases following the return of tourism.

There are now more active infections in Greece than at any other point during the pandemic – 2,205 people in Greece are known to have the virus right now.

On Friday, 60 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, the highest daily number since April 21. More than 100 new cases reported in the last 10 days have been among incoming tourists.

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I'm not leaving Canada for @ least another year @ best

Might buy a car instead of going to Europe
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Subtitles are correct but yikes on which area of Belgrade the man is referring to. Had a relation recently visit that area to deal with family death and his airline ticket purchase was contingent on his providing proof that family member did not die of Covid-19.

I've seen other news reports from a few months ago (Youtube) about the discrepancy in Covid 19 case numbers seen by healthcare workers in Serbia and what is reported by authorities. And the latter's turnabout when the numbers spike and hospitals cannot help new cases. That explains why the late winter/early spring curfews and restrictions left seniors stuck at home for weeks to help slow the spread of Covid. An aunt was impacted by curfew.

Another relative and his family are in the country on summer holiday right now. Not sure how they managed to exit the capital as the early July lockdown was in force when they arrived there.
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