Coronavirus: Government Ready for New Measures – Even Considering Restrictions on Travel

More measures to curb coronavirus spread, government intends to take / Photo: Intime, DG Papamitsos

All the measures needed to stop the spread of coronavirus are at the government’s table, and their activation depends on the course of the pandemic and the suggestions made by scientists.

It is estimated that a gradual “shut down” of Spanish standards will occur within the week. Saturday night almost total quarantine was imposed, imposing very strict restrictions on travel.

Coronavirus: Possible measure to restrict movement
Closing all stores – exceptions are supermarkets , pharmacies and gas stations – the operation of public services and agencies with security personnel and reduced public transport services are among the measures listed in the General Secretariat for Civil Protection. As a last resort, however, it will be possible to impose a restriction on travel so that citizens can leave their homes only for work or for urgent reasons, such as the supply of food. At the same time, it will ensure that the country’s critical infrastructures and services do not malfunction in time.

Coronavirus: Reflection on Outdoor Meetings
Avoiding the weekend rallies, despite recommendations from the government, scientists and the campaign, has caused considerable concern. Many were citizens who ignored the directives and concentrated in open spaces, risking a serious deterioration. If this picture continues, it is necessary to take measures in Italy and Spain accordingly.

It is not an easy process, of course, and the economic impact is enormous. However, as the Prime Minister has said , “the priority is to safeguard public health” and this will guide the decisions taken. “We preferred to take strict precautionary measures in time to limit the spread of the virus. And we will continue on this road, ”he said in a message to citizens on March 11, describing how the government should act.

Chardalias is sworn in as Deputy Minister of Civil Protection
The co-ordination of all stakeholders – Government, Self-Government, Armed Forces and Security Bodies – for crisis management has passed to the General Secretariat for Civil Protection. Today, at 11am, Nikos Chardalias will be sworn in as Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management with full and exclusive powers and will report directly to the Prime Minister. His own suggestions to Mr Mitsotakis are a guide to the next steps the government will take to tackle the pandemic.

A new administration structure is expected to be announced after the swearing-in. It will be based on successful schemes that have operated in the past, led by Mr Chardalia. The new operational center will be represented by key stakeholders such as the relevant ministries and the Security Forces.

Coronavirus: Nearly 1,000 doctors and nurses join hospitals
Along with the virus reduction measures, the government is also moving to strengthen the health system. This week, 929 doctors and nurses are expected to join the hospitals, with a hospital unit planned to accommodate exclusively people with coronary heart disease.

Today, at the Eurogroup meeting, measures to support the European economy to tackle the economic consequences of the spread of coronavirus across the old continent will be discussed. Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will reportedly raise the need for liquidity and job security. The government has, along with other European countries, called for changes to the Stability Pact and budgetary targets in order to finance extraordinary expenditure.

For each development unit under the projections to increase the budgetary space proportionally so that the money is directed towards development, is the proposal presented by the Greek side. “There will have to be a lot of money to fall into the economy in the coming months so that Europe does not sink into recession,” a government official said.

The final decisions will be taken at the Summit on March 26-27, which is likely to be held by teleconference due to the coronavirus. There, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will put forward his proposals for immediate and forward-looking support to the European economy to cope with the crisis caused by the spread of the virus.

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