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Coronavirus: Greek PM Mitsotakis says He is Prepared to Take New Measures

Epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras (left) and Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis speak about new measures. Credit: Greek Government

The rapid spread of the coronavirus in Greece has led Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and health authorities to take new measures such as restriction of public gatherings, teleworking, and a 14-day suspension of cultural events.

The prime minister who met with heads of competent authorities on Friday morning announced that the alarmingly high number of new Covid-19 cases in the past few days – and especially in the Athens urban area – makes new preventive measures imperative.

“The government is ready to implement additional measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Attica,” the prime minister said on ERT public television.

“I am fully prepared, following the relevant suggestion of the [health] commission today, to take some additional measures regarding public gatherings, the suspension of cultural events for 14 days, measures that encourage teleworking in both the public and private sectors, in order to limit unnecessary commuting,” Mitsotakis said.

“The measures we take must first of all be workable, we should explain them with the necessary persuasiveness and, ultimately, they are the measures we must take now to avoid measures which will have an economic impact, as Greek society and the Greek economy simply can not withstand at the moment,” the prime minister said.

And he continued: “If we implement the measures we have taken, I have no doubt that we will do well. But to be sure that we will do well, we must, first of all, focus on the implementation of the measures.”

The prime minister said that the health committee can decide today so that the new measures will be ready to implement on Monday. He expressed the certainty that if citizens follow the existing measures, the spread of the pandemic will be limited.

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