Coronavirus – Prime Minister Mitsotakis on CNNi: We faced the pandemic in the right way and thoughts on tourism (video)

The Prime Minister,  Kyriakos Mitsotakis , spoke on CNNi on Monday to the envoy of the network in Athens, Nick Robertson, in the context of a report on the successful treatment of the coronation pandemic from Greece.

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Greece's Re-opening and Tourism Prospects for Summer

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sat down with CNN's Nic Robertson to discuss what things will be like in Greece, post-lockdown.

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It will be a very different summer. But we hope the worst is behind us. Again, what I hold as the legacy of this crisis is the sense of collective success. And I dare say the word pride. Greeks have not felt proud for a long time “, Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasizes during his interview.

Referring to the prospects of the tourist season, the Prime Minister noted: “In the best case scenario, Greece will be open for tourism activity from July 1 and we are working in this direction. Therefore, we are preparing for this. But it is certainly related to airlines, as most people come to Greece by air. And it’s also about very strict and applicable protocols. ”

Talking to the network’s envoy to Athens, program presenter Julia Chatterley noted that “the swift measures taken by the government to save the lockdown have saved lives”, adding: “The message is also that Greece will be ready for summer vacation period “.

“The new Prime Minister of Greece is not a populist, like the previous one, he is a pragmatist and in this element (in pragmatism) he attributes his own success and the success of the country in the management of COVID-19 so far. The fact that they took measures for the lockdown before the deaths were even recorded in the country “, said among other things in response to the Constitution the award-winning journalist, noting that the total human losses in Greece are less than those recorded in other countries in one day. 

He added: “I visited a hospital and the wings for COVID. There are still people in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but the vast majority of ICU beds are empty and the doctor in charge of the central hospital for COVID here in Athens told me that no doctor, no nurse has been infected with the virus. And it is now perceived as a new norm all over the world, that if you belong to the medical and nursing staff on the front line, there is a very high probability that you will get this virus. It did not happen here in Greece. Why; Because the prime minister implemented a strong lockdown early on and there was sufficient personal protective equipment for the health workers. ”

The interview

Nick Robertson: The Greek economy relies heavily on tourism, 20% or more depends on tourism. So opening up means allowing tourists to come.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis:  Not in the first stage. We are no longer dependent (on tourism) on countries such as Portugal or even to some extent Spain. All southern countries are heavily dependent on tourism. Now the real question is whether we will be able to have tourists later in the summer.

Nick Robertson: Will you be able to? 

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Only if we agree on very specific protocols, let’s hope at European level. Suppose people take a test before flying (either an antibody test or a molecular test with the PCR method) and then there will be close monitoring. And then, of course, the tourist experience this summer may be slightly different from what we had in previous years. By keeping your distance. There may not be open bars, there may be no overcrowding, but you will still be able to have a great experience in Greece, provided the global epidemic is on a downward spiral. But in the best case scenario, Greece will be open for tourism from July 1, and we are working in that direction. Therefore, we are preparing for this. But it is certainly related to airlines, as most people come to Greece by air. And it is also related to very strict and applicable protocols.

Nick Robertson: Can you give us an idea of ​​how big you think financial loss can be, perhaps as a percentage? 

Kyriakos Mitsotakis:  I have avoided making predictions because (depending on the developments) things can be very different. I would not like to make a big assessment, but of course things will be much worse if we do not open at all (for foreign tourists) in the summer.

Nick Robertson: So we have to …

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: If we manage to welcome some tourists, things will be better. But as you know, there seems to be a consensus among most European countries as to what could happen, at a rate of about 10%, which is a huge reduction in activity. 

Nick Robertson: It’s going to be a very different summer, isn’t it?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis:  It will be a really different summer. But we hope the worst is behind us. Again, what I hold as the legacy of this crisis is the sense of collective success. And I dare say the word pride. Greeks have not felt proud for a long time. Because, you know, for ten years, we were the boxing bag for Europe.

Nick Robertson: Does that change things?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis:  I believe that things have changed in terms of our self-confidence but also in terms of trust in the state. I do not necessarily say trust in government. But citizens trust the state. They trust the experts. The first thing I did was give the floor to our top epidemiologist. And he does the daily updates. I don’t do them.

Nick Robertson: It seems, I dare say, to be a very strong message for the United States, for the United Kingdom, whose performance against this pandemic is currently among the worst in terms of death rates and infections.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Everyone does it in their own way. That’s the way it is …

Nick Robertson: I know, but is there a right way, and does Greece have the right way?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis:  I don’t think there is one and only right way. But I think we’ve made it very clear, at least in the first phase, so far, I think we’ve done it the right way.

source – CNNi.gr

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