Greece reported 303 new COVID-19 cases, while Greek PM says that a second coronavirus lockdown ‘inconceivable’.
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On Monday, Greek health authorities reported 303 new cases of COVID-19, and eight deaths. Of these 303 new cases, 167 were from the region of Attica, while 25 were tourists that were tested upon arrival in Greece.
Greece, like most European countries experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases. Regardless of this, Greek Prime Minister during a conversation on ‘Politics, Power and the Pandemic’ said that a second lockdown to curb the spread of the virus was not likely. When asked why, the Greek Prime Minister said that,
When the first wave hit we didn’t know much about the virus. The choice was very clear. We had to lock down and we took the decision very, very early and it was clearly the right decision because we managed to crush the virus during its first wave. We knew that we had to take that decision at that time because we needed time in order to learn more about the virus and also strengthen our healthcare system.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Mr. Mitsotakis also said that ,
I think there is a general agreement among European countries that it is very difficult, almost inconceivable, to go to a second full lockdown – and we are much smarter now, so we can do localised lockdowns, we can use contact tracing in a much smarter way.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
The Greek Prime Minister also mentioned that Greece ‘came out of 10 years of crisis’ when all the institutions of the country were challenged, yet the government managed to engage ‘citizens proactively and build a relationship of trust’.
Greece still has implemented a lot of measures to curb the spread of the virus, and it has extended the measures until October 12. These measures include the closure of restaurants and bars from midnight till 5am, ban on gatherings of more than nine people, maximum gathering of 20 people in weddings, no in-door or outdoor concerts.
As of Monday, Greece reported 20,142 coronavirus cases and 417 deaths since the pandemic began.