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Coronavirus: PM Mitsotakis Declares Guidelines for Gatherings Also Apply to Churches

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. File Photo

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke to the nation about the Covid19 Coronavirus pandemic in a televised message which was broadcast on Wednesday evening.

The Greek Premier took a forward-leaning stance on a question which has divided Greek society relating to whether or not whether church services should be limited or banned altogether for a set period of time.

”We do not want to hurt ourselves and those we love,” Mitsotakis stated, adding that ”As a Prime Minister, I have to listen to the expert scientists: What applies to public gatherings applies to churches as well.”

”Faith often begins where science ends, but the kind of faith we need right now is the one that says we’ll manage to overcome the crisis,” the Greek Premier noted, taking a clear position against all those who irresponsibly say that the elderly have nothing to fear by attending crowded church liturgies.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis also said that Greece’s efforts are focused on stopping the spread of potentially serious cases of the virus in the future.

”We are already doing what is needed to safeguard public health; public and private sectors are invited to cooperate,” Mitsotakis noted.

The Premier also announced a special scheme that will grant paid days off to employees who need it and added that the government will announce additional measures to help those who will be impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Among the emergency measures announced by the Greek Prime Minister was that 2000 additional nurses and doctors will soon be hired by the country’s National Health Service.

He additionally announced schemes for e-learning which will be used by Greek schools and universities, which will remain closed at least until March 25.

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