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Greece to Extend Lockdown Beyond December 1

An empty Plaka after the lockdown took effect. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greek Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Tuesday outlined the government’s planning for lifting the lockdown in an interview with television channel ANT1 TV.

He pointed out that a more relaxed attitude that existed during the first week of the second lockdown had unfortunately resulted in the pushing back of the government’s initial plan.

“Therefore, it is not realistic to reopen on December 1,” he stated, “according to the data that the experts analyze every day and then advise us of. The epidemiological burden is still high at the moment, so it does not seem realistic to open everything on December 1.”

He underscored that “it seems that we will go gradually” into an eventual lifting of the lockdown, “first with those activities that have a lower epidemiological burden, such as schools for example, followed by the retail sector and, gradually, other sectors.”

Petsas also said that the data show that there is no risk of over-transmission within the school environment, adding that in the coming days a plan of random testing will be developed at all levels of education.

The government spokesperson stressed that Greek citizens must all keep in mind that when the nation reopens, it must open safely. Therefore, he said that as long as the lockdown continues, we must follow the measures to reduce the epidemiological burden.

“We have to do what we all know well, listen to the experts, limit our movements, keep our distance where possible,” he warned.

With information from AMNA

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