Greece is officially open to tourists. With over 6,000 islands, the Mediterranean paradise attracts flocks of holidaymakers every summer. In 2019, more than 34 million people visited Greece, more than three times the country’s population.
Locals on the nation’s 107 inhabited islands rely on the cash influx from tourism. That was before COVID-19 virtually halted European travel for more than a year. In 2020, tourism dropped by 78 per cent.
At the end of 2020, the Greek government began an ambitious policy of vaccinating everyone on islands with less than 1,000 inhabitants. It is dubbed Eleftheria or ‘liberty’.
Since then, the vaccine rollout has seen COVID-19 all but disappear on many islands.
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