PM Mitsotakis chairs video conference on course of coronavirus in Greece

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasised that everyone must strictly adhere to the protection measures against the spread of coronavirus in order for Greece to beat the pandemic, during a video conference on Wednesday on the course of the coronavirus in Greece.

He underlined that the country is at a crucial point as “we can see a significant increase of positive cases but one which is, however, substantially different from the first wave and this is something that troubles and worries us.”

He said that the hike in cases is due mainly to the laxity recorded within the country in July: “Only 10 percent of the cases are imported, most of them are domestic.” he explained.

Mitsotakis noted that, at this phase, it was unclear how long people will be obliged to live with the novel coronavirus.

Referring to the protection measures, he underlined that the government is changing and re-evaluating its plan in response to the real data.

There was an assessment of the epidemiological data during the video conference and the need for tighter controls was noted.

Mitsotakis began the meeting by referring to the tragedy in Lebanon and sent his condolences to the Lebanese people and especially Beirut, adding that in agreement with Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, a C-130 military aircraft will set off immediately carrying a fully equipped Greek rescue team to Beirut. 

Those participating in the meeting included Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis, Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis, soon to be sworn-in Deputy Health Minister for Mental Health Zoe Rapti, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister responsible for the coordination of the government’s work Akis Skertsos, Deputy State Minister and government spokesperson Stelios Petsas, the health ministry’s representative for COVID-19, Professor of infectious diseases Sotiris Tsiodras, the president of the National Public Health Organisation Panagiotis Arkoumaneas and other officials and scientists.


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