Friday, December 3

Greek government rules out lockdown

While many EU states are imposing regional lockdowns and, as recently as Austria, even nationwide lockdowns, the Greek government is categorically ruling out this option. “There will be no lockdown, nor will the health system collapse,” said government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou today. There are also no instructions to postpone operations, although one is in constant contact with the hospitals about it.

If necessary, private clinics would take over these operations, Oikonomou said. In view of the fourth wave of coronavirus, Athens is primarily focusing on convincing unvaccinated people and putting them under pressure. Shops, restaurants, events and cultural institutions can only be visited with proof of vaccination or convalescence.

In the workplace, unvaccinated people are required to present two negative tests per week. The number of first vaccinations has tripled since the announcement and implementation of these measures, reported the newspaper “To Proto Thema” today.

According to the Greek health authorities, around 6.5 million of the country’s eleven million inhabitants have now been vaccinated at least twice. The booster vaccination was started several weeks ago, for which all double vaccinated adults can register.

However, the number of infections has risen sharply in the past few weeks. The Greek health authority recently recorded 7,108 new infections within 24 hours.

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