Thirty new coronavirus cases were announced by the health ministry on Monday, all from people returning from abroad.
According to the ministry, the total number of cases now stands at 1,451.
The cases emerged from a total of 346 tests conducted on repatriated individuals and passengers.
The ministry said seventeen came from a flight that arrived from Mykonos, Greece on August 22, and most of them are connected to each other.
A further ten cases came from a flight that arrived from Amsterdam on August 23, and the remaining three are from a flight that arrived from London on the same day.
“Examinations of all the cases and contact tracing have already begun,” the ministry said.
The ministry added that the Netherlands has been moved from Category B, which requires a negative PCR test on arrival, to category C, which bans entry to tourists from those countries. Greece, however, remains in category B.
Entry is only allowed to specific categories of citizens coming from those countries, and all people returning from a Category C country must remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
The ministry also suggested people returning from abroad retake a coronavirus test privately seven days after their return, even if they had done one before or on arrival.
People developing symptoms needs to contact their doctors and follow the medical professional’s directions.
The ministry said a further announcement will be made on testing and cases later in the day.
Commenting on the 30 cases, health ministry spokeswoman Margarita Kyriakou said the timely tracking of the cases was important.
She added the reason they conduct 1,000 tests per day at the airports was to find the cases before they leave and enter the community.
“It is certainly an increased number, but the positive is they were found on time, during their arrival, and they were isolated, stopping the spread of the virus in the community,” she said.
“There have been incidents in the past few days, where the people returned from a trip and developed symptoms after two or three days,” she said.
She called on people returning to monitor themselves and report to the doctors if they develop symptoms, even if their airport test comes back negative.