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Athens streets deserted during COVID-19 lockdown
Athens is a bustling city, always busy day and night. It is very eerie to see deserted squares, parks, cafes and empty avenues, where normally are filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic with cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians everywhere spilling over the sidewalks.
Greece took aggressive measures early, closing schools, universities, stores, resorts, public places, beaches, and even churches, as people were advised to stay and work from home. The lockdown helped in keeping the coronavirus cases and deaths at very low levels comparing to other countries.
The lockdown is strictly enforced with violators facing 150 euros fines. Anyone outdoors must have sent a text message to a central number or must carry a signed self-declaration form. Only reasons to be out must be for essential work, visit a doctor or bank, buy food or medication, attend a direct relative’s funeral, help someone in need, take exercise or walk a pet.
Uncharacteristically for the Greeks, the vast majority has abided by the regulations.
Source: AP Photos by Thanassis Stavrakis | Pictures descriptions and AP article