Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sees an extension of the lockdown, especially in Attica, due to the spike of coronavirus infections. The infections increase changes plans to open the retail sector, the months of February and March are critical because we have not built a wall of immunity.
This is what the Prime Minister reportedly said during a cabinet meeting held via teleconference on Wednesday morning.
Mitsotakis emphasized that the infections increase, “de facto removes our intention to proceed with a gradual reopening [of retail] on March 1.” He underlined that the government always follows the recommendations of epidemiologists.
“This [increase] And this is something we have to deal with, because we know very well that we have not yet built a wall of immunity and the months of February and March are very difficult months – always, traditionally – for all respiratory infections,” he said.
Hee added that “main message we need to send is that we need to stay very focused on the measures that we know work. I know that all our fellow citizens are tired, but at the moment we really have in our hands a weapon that we did not have a few months ago and that is the weapon of vaccination. And we know very well that we are nearing the end of this great adventure. Therefore, under no circumstances should the success of the vaccination become an alibi for complacency.”
Mitsotakis praised the rapid progress of the vaccination program and said that he estimated that soon one million people will have been inoculated.
On Tuesday, health authorities announced 2,147 new coronavirus infections with half of them detected in Athens and Attica. The pressure on the hospitals in Greek hospitals increases as 357 Covid-19 patients are intubated and the trend has been rising since last week.
According to latest information Wednesday noon, the epidemiologists’ committee is meeting to evaluate the data today and tomorrow and take crucial decisions on the hard lockdown that was initially imposed in Athens and Attica until February 28.
Experts told media that they see an extension of two weeks.