<h4><a href="https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Greece" target="_blank">Greece<\/a> reported 262 new cases of Coronavirus on Wednesday\u2014 its highest daily tally since the coronavirus outbreak started in the country.<\/h4>\r\nThe latest spike in cases brings the total number of infections in Greece to 6,177 and 216 deaths since its first case surfaced late February.\r\n\r\nAmong the new cases, 85 were registered in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki and 66 in the capital Athens.\r\n\r\nThe increase in infections in recent weeks has prompted authorities to gradually introduce more restrictions during the peak of the tourism season.\r\n\r\nVisitors arriving from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic will need proof they have tested negative for the novel coronavirus to gain entry starting August 17, which cannot be older than 72 hours prior to arrival.\r\n\r\nAll visitors entering Greece via land borders will undergo the same requirements. A negative test is already required for passengers arriving with a flight connection from Bulgaria, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, and Malta.\r\n\r\nCivil aviation authorities on Wednesday extended a ban to flights from Turkey until Aug. 31 and restricted flights from Albania and North Macedonia to Athens airport only.\r\n\r\n<img src="https:\/\/s1.reutersmedia.net\/resources\/r\/?m=02&d=20200317&t=2&i=1504519929&r=LYNXMPEG2G1Z1&w=1280" alt="Greece says confirmed coronavirus infections rise to 387 - Reuters" \/>\r\n\r\nIt is worth mentioning that the novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than one million people and killed over 234,139 worldwide. It also hit several celebrities and top political figures around the world.\r\n\r\nThe virus is a new member of the Coronaviruses group, which was never identified in humans. The viruses\u2019 family also includes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), which cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.\r\n\r\nCoronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Humans and animals such as mammals and birds can be affected by the disease.\r\n\r\nThe name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning \u201ccrown\u201d or \u201chalo\u201d.\r\n\r\nOn February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19, taken from the words \u201ccorona\u201d, \u201cvirus\u201d and \u201cdisease\u201d.\r\n\r\nIn December 2019, an outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China. On 31 December 2019, the outbreak was traced to a novel strain of coronavirus, which was given the interim name 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was later renamed SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.\r\n\r\nOn March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/who-declares-novel-coronavirus-global-pandemic\/" target="_blank">global pandemic<\/a> as the new virus has rapidly spread to more than 800,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.\r\n\r\nTransmission of viruses between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person\u2019s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.\r\n\r\nCoronavirus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.\r\n\r\nIt is known that older people appear to be more vulnerable to the effects of the emerging virus.\r\n\r\nThe virus caused complete paralysis in all activities and events with large gatherings worldwide due to concerns over the spread of the virus.\r\n\r\nPeople across the globe partake in self-isolation for 14 days as an effective precautionary measure to protect those around them and themselves from contracting COVID-19.