Petsas (Government spokesman): Possible local lockdowns problem not caused by tourism but relaxation by Greeks

The possibility for the imposition of new measures in case the course of the coronavirus epidemic in the country worsens was left open by the government spokesman Stelios Petsas .

Speaking to Mega, Mr. Petsas referred to the reappearance of Sotiris Tsiodras in the briefing on the coronavirus , clarifying that “Mr. Tsiodras has been by the side of the government all along, close to the prime minister and we have had regular talks.”

“We always have the consent of the experts in what we are doing and yesterday’s intervention by Mr. Tsiodra is related to the fact that we have been sounding the alarm bell for weeks, and yesterday we had to ring it much harder,” the government spokesman said.

“This is because the increase in cases is not attributed to the imported cases as we all feared but because of the relaxation regarding the observance of the measures inside,” he said.

He referred to three areas of concern for the coronavirus:

  • the frequent crossings of Greek expatriates and those who have a residence permit in the country and often move to Balkan countries
  • social gatherings – from bars to weddings and christenings
  • public transport.

He announced in advance that any further measures will be given there in the next period of time, while he stressed that in order for the measures to work, we must listen to the recommendations of the experts and “S. Tsiodras is the most suitable to address them to the citizens”.

This week is a week of awakening, noted Mr. Petsas – we try with our messages and with the announcement of additional measures to awaken the world from forgetfulness.

More “tough measures” if there is an impact of the cases on the health system
Mr. Petsas underlined that tougher measures will be taken in case there are effects of the cases on the health system. Not only are hospital admissions monitored daily, but also how many of those who need to be treated end up in the ICU or intubated. “Fortunately to date the numbers in ICU and intubated are much lower than at the peak of the March and April pandemic,” he said.

He added, however, that “always among our options is the imposition of local lockdowns in order to guard-encircle cases at the local level and track them down.”

Asked about the possibility of returning the mandatory sending of SMS for some categories of citizens, he noted that this is not currently being considered and will only be considered in case of great pressure on the health system.

Regarding the ships, he noted that “the restriction on occupancy is a harsh measure because we must not ignore that those who gradually left for the islands will have to return for their jobs.” “However, if the measures are not observed inside the ships, then we will examine it,” he added.

Regarding the high cost of the disposable mask that is borne by households, he reminded that citizens can use the fabric masks that we can make ourselves.

“If it is necessary to impose a universal measure for the use of a mask outdoors, then incentives will be considered, mainly for companies.”

Referring to the prime minister’s speech on the coronavirus that is expected today, Wednesday, he pointed out in which directions K. Mitsotakis’ speech will move. The Prime Minister is not expected to announce new measures, and any new measures will be announced by the government.

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