The epidemiological burden in Greece remains at high levels, gov’t spokesman says

“The epidemiological burden in Greece remains at high levels and the next period will be extremely crucial for the evolution of the pandemic,” government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said on Monday during a press briefing.

“Experts warn of the risk of an increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations, stressing that the most effective weapon against the pandemic is vaccination and recommending that protection measures be scrupulously observed, and the taking of self-diagnostic tests, especially for those returning from vacation,” he said.

He explained: “For this purpose, from today until next Monday, two self-tests are available free of charge from pharmacies for unvaccinated public- and private-sector employees, as well as our unvaccinated fellow citizens aged 5-30.”

At the same time, the government is making use of every fruitful proposal, every fruitful idea in order to convince and encourage us to facilitate our unvaccinated fellow citizens. In other words, to take advantage of the privilege of vaccination that science has given us.”

“The data from the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) show that the pandemic at this stage mainly threatens our unvaccinated fellow citizens. This scientific view, the demands of Greek and international law, but also the need to protect both the public and private spheres against the possibility of new universal restrictions, determined the nature and content of the measures announced in order to protect our vaccinated and unvaccinated fellow citizens in a different way,” Economou stressed.

“It is encouraging that since mid-August there has been an increasing trend in new appointments, but as experts point out, in order to build the wall of immunity we need at least an additional one million vaccinated people,” he added.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will chair a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, at 11 am.
Among other issues, information will be provided on the progress of the rehabilitation of the areas affected by the fires.
On Wednesday morning, the prime minister will participate in the Bled Strategic Forum, which will take place in Slovenia.