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PM solely responsible for political failure to control pandemic, says Tsipras

The sudden rise in coronavirus infections is an exclusive political responsibility of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras said on Monday.

Speaking at the Political Center emergency meeting he convened, the main opposition leader charged Mitsotakis with refusal to collaborate with Syriza.

According to party sources, Tsipras said, “The new pandemic wave coming on strongly with the country unprepared once again, two years after the pandemic’s outbreak, is the political responsibility of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.” The government had two years in which to prepare the National Health System, he said, “but did not do it.”

In addition, Tsipras said, “It is the third time in a year we have offered to help with a proposal of a minimum consensus, to have scientists of joint acceptance manage the pandemic, without operating on the basis of political cost.” But Mitsotakis rejected this, he said, “confirming his arrogance and lack of understanding over the critical times,” which indicates that “he is solely responsible politically for the current situation and for whatever lies ahead in the hard winter ahead.”

Coronavirus infections hit twice an all times record in the last three days and the government is considering to impose new restrictions after it relaxed measures also in regions with high number of cases.

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  1. I have no political affiliation but one thing is true. During the first wave all communication with the public was done by experts, mainly Tsiodras. The message was always very clear and he enjoyed a high level of trust amongst the public. Since then all communication has been done by a variety of ministers and the message has been very unclear, often contradictory and there is little trust in them. The decision to make that change certainly lies on Mitsotakis shoulders so he also has to bear the responsibility for its consequences.

    • But why? Why? Everyone should already know vaccines save lives. Don’t greeks get it? It’s everywere, from the very beggining, in the news, social media, etc. In a country like Portugal, everyone got it already. This is pure and simple lack of individual responsability and voluntary ignorance.