Coronavirus: It’s certain that this Christmas will be different

It is certain that this Christmas will be different, said government spokesman Stelios Petsas answering questions from journalists during the briefing of political editors.

“It simply came to our notice then. There is no way it can be like it was last year. This is clear. We are moving at a relatively fast pace in promoting the necessary vaccines and from the 4 companies that we know are currently in a good stage, a great effort is being made in terms of drugs but we are not yet there that will allow us to relax. It is therefore certain that in the coming months we will live with strict measures the second wave of cases and deaths in Europe, unfortunately it shows that we are still far from the new normality and vigilance is needed. “When we are ready to leave this pandemic behind us then we will all say that this year will be different and we will say for 2021 that it will not be until 2020”,

Mr. Petsas on the issue of the coronavirus and regarding the developments on the front of the pandemic stated in his introductory position that “the European Council was particularly concerned with the new outbreak of the coronavirus and the leaders of many countries expressed strong concern, as the number of cases , intubation and deaths is on the rise in most of the Union. “Typically, about 30,000 new cases were reported in France yesterday, around 17,000 in the United Kingdom, nearly 11,000 in Belgium, more than 8,000 in the Netherlands and about 1,800 in Portugal.”

He also stressed that “in Greece, at the moment, we are in a much better epidemiological situation, than many other countries. This can be seen from the maps published by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) which record the risk assessment in relation to the 14-day number of cases (per 100,000 population), the number of tests (per 100,000 population) and the positivity rate. of tests. It is emphasized that in Greece, in the last few days we have exceeded 20,000 tests and the positivity index is around 2%, while in Belgium – for example – it has exceeded 10% “.

But he stressed that “the image that exists today can be overturned at any time. As it happened, in the Regional Unit of Kozani, which was set at the highest level of risk. Already, the epidemiological picture in some neighborhoods of Attica, but also in the Regional Units of Kastoria, Ioannina and Thessaloniki, is in orange. And this points out in the strongest way that no complacency is allowed. On the contrary, everyone is required to adhere to the measures suggested by the experts and enacted by the State. But it is not just the citizens. “Professionals, from health to transport and from social care to catering and tourism, must meticulously implement the measures.”

As Mr. Petsas characteristically said, “it is for the good of all. It is a matter of protecting public health and social responsibility. And the few, cunning, professionals who violate the measures and speculate at the expense of their consistent colleagues, operating, for example, spaces that should be closed after 12 midnight, know that there will be immediate and exemplary punishment of such phenomena.

Meanwhile, the government is continuing to intensify the strengthening of the Health System. This morning, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis inaugurated 50 new ICU beds. at the “Sotiria” Hospital, which were created after a relevant donation by the Greek Parliament. As the Prime Minister stressed, this is a permanent legacy for the Health System and at the same time a great relief for all of us, that within the next month we will have a significantly increased number of intensive beds which will initially be put in the fight against coronavirus.

The commitment of the government, as noted by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is that Greece will soon reach, in the number of intensive beds, the average of the European Union. And this commitment will be put into practice. ”

Petsas: Ankara’s new move clashes head-on with international legitimacy and does not produce legal results
“Ankara, with a new move that is added to the successive challenges of the last period, proceeded unilaterally and arbitrarily to redefine the boundaries of the area of ​​responsibility for search and rescue that is under its jurisdiction.”

“This decision is clearly illegal as it covers areas that belong not only to Greek jurisdiction but also to Greek sovereignty,” said government spokesman Stelios Petsas, beginning to brief political editors.

“It is not based on business criteria. It does not serve the security purposes of human life. “It conflicts head-on with international legality and does not produce legal results”, said Mr. Petsas characteristically.

He continued: “It is underlined that the Greek area of ​​responsibility for search and rescue has been defined in the 1950s, has been declared since 1975 to the competent international shipping organization and coincides with the flight control area undertaken by Greece, ie the Athens FIR. It is also emphasized that Greece, through the competent joint Search and Rescue Coordination Center in Piraeus, effectively coordinates all search and rescue operations in its area of ​​responsibility, providing its services to all ships and aircraft that may be in danger “.

Petsas: PM raises issue of arms embargo on EU leaders with Turkey
The government spokesman went on to say that ” the latest summit reiterates in the text of its conclusions the unanimous demand of EU leaders to Turkey to stop its provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. He reiterated the need for Turkey to respect Security Council resolutions on Varosi and to reverse its latest actions. Reaffirms the conclusions of the previous summit which refer to specific articles on sanctions. “Implementing the EU’s common decisions to defend its interests is sowing the seeds for a European policy of deterrence.”

At this point, Mr. Petsas stressed: “At this Summit, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis raised the issue of an embargo on arms sales to Turkey to the leaders of the member states of the Union , in order to enrich the toolbox already adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council. He recalled that the Conclusions of previous European Councils on Syria referred to decisions by states to impose an arms embargo on Turkey. And he referred to recent similar U.S. decisions. and Canada. The overall assessment of Turkey’s behavior will take place in the coming weeks. “The ultimate horizon is December, but no one can ignore the statements of the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany even for a shorter period,” he said. 

Petsas: The construction of the new fence in Evros sends a clear message that Greece is protecting Europe’s external borders
The government spokesman then referred to the prime minister’s visit to Evros over the weekend, noting: “In recent days, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, expressing his keen interest in the effective guarding of our borders and the support of our extremists, visited E. He had meetings with representatives of local agencies and was informed on the spot about the construction of the fence, which will be completed in April. It is pointed out that at the moment a new fence of 26 km is being built and older sections of 10 km are being upgraded. It is obvious that the creation of the new fence contributes to the defense of the sovereign rights of the country and sends a clear message in all directions that Greece is protecting the external European borders “.

He added: “At the same time, in addition to its basic defensive and deterrent character, this fence entails multiple benefits as it will function as a modern flood protection project guided on the one hand by the special geomorphology of Evros and on the other by respect for local agricultural production.

It is noted that, for the most effective guarding of our borders, 400 new permanent border guards are taking immediate duty in Evros, while another 800 will be in the islands of the Eastern Aegean and another 480 in the rest of the country. “In one year, a total of 1,680 border guards are deployed in all areas that require a reinforced police presence.” Ν

Petsas: Cohesive reform step the bill of the Ministry of Justice that is submitted today in Parliament
Before concluding his introductory speech to the briefing of the political authors, Mr. Petsas referred to the bill of the Ministry of Justice that is submitted to the Parliament today and as he said “it is a coherent reform step aimed at accelerating the administration of justice and on the other of the Bar Code. In its specific points, among others, the trial of pending cases of the Katselis Law is accelerated, until the end of 2021. The aim is to permanently grant the protection status to the weak borrowers and to remove the circumvention of this framework by the strategic defaulters, who have subject to the Katselis law, looking forward to a distant trial that spans up to 2032.

In addition, provisions are proposed to modernize the Bar Code. The purpose is to address chronic problems in the exercise of the legal function and to regulate issues such as how to acquire the status of a lawyer, the adaptation of the collective bodies of the Bar associations to the digital age, as well as the rationalization of disciplinary sanctions by the Bar. Associations “.

In closing, Mr. Petsas referred to the Prime Minister’s program, noting that Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have a teleconference this afternoon with the Governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Konstantinos Zervas, on the issues of dealing with the city of Thessaloniki.

On Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister will travel to Nicosia for the tripartite Summit of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, while on Thursday, October 22, he will visit the President of the Republic as part of their regular monthly meetings.

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