Several European nations take steps to reopen

Images show the Vatican staff in full PPE, disinfecting the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica.
1:50 | 05/18/20

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Overseas now, and as several European nations take similar steps to reopen, ABC foreign correspondent James Longman traveled to Greece, where they're showing surprising success, but can I that prevent a second wave? Reporter: Greece is emerging as Europe's unlikely hero on the battle against coronavirus. The parthenon will welcome local visitors again from tomorrow. But a modern miracle, its numbers. With nearly 11 million people, Greece has reported just 163 deaths and more than 2,800 cases. Officials say not a single health care worker has died. You have to fill in some forms. Reporter: Yeah, sure. A key to their success? These border health checks at the airport since March 20. You have to fill out a form and everybody on that plane has a mouth swab. All new arrivals are then taken to specially designated hotels to await results, and if negative, released to a 14-day quarantine at home. But major tests lie ahead. This is the first weekend Greeks have been allowed back onto the beach where, at a beach just outside Athens, and look, it's almost like coronavirus never It's freedom, also. It's freedom. Reporter: A country that relies on tourism will need to get this right. The priority is the safety of all people. Reporter: And if you had a message for people now, watching this around the world, what would it be? Come to Greece? The message could be that Greece is one of the safest countries all over the world. Reporter: Greece may allow foreign tourists in as early as next month, although there are no definite plans. The challenge will be stopping them from creating a second wave. For now, Greece is proud of the example it has set. Tom? James Longman from Athens James, thank you.

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