Health Minister Thanos Plevris ruled out a new general lockdown but stated that the government will enforce any measure necessary including much more testing, ahead of the projected spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The minister said that the Delta variant is still the predominant strain in Greece, however, he added that experts estimate that the Omicron one will prevail.
In an interview with Skai Tv on Monday, Plevris said that there are thought for a mandatory Covid-test for the general population, for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, so that authorities have a better view of the epidemiological situation in the country.
He added that “Christmas and New Year celebrations will take place without further restrictions and lockdown.”
He admitted, however, that citizens did not respond as expected to self-test distributed free of charge during the “testing week” last week.