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Greece to Enter Lockdown to Fight Second Covid-19 Wave

Greek infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greek infectious diseases expert Professor Sotiris Tsiodras and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Greece will enter a second national lockdown on November 7 to halt a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Thursday.

“In the last 5 days we have seen an exponential increase in cases,” the Greek PM said while addressing the Greek public in national broadcast.

Mitsotakis added that the decision for a second lockdown was taken due to a significant rise in hospitalizations, in intubations, in the number of patients in ICU (intensive care units) and the poor ratio of hospital admissions and discharges.

As of 6am on Saturday and until the end of the month, the Greeks will once again be obliged to send an sms for movement in public.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, health services and takeaway services will be in operation.

Kindergartens, primary schools and special education schools of all levels will remain open, while lessons for secondary schools and high schools will take place via tele-education.

PM Mitsotakis underlined that wearing masks at all times is strictly mandatory.

Greece’s lockdown will be in force for three weeks until November 30. Further details on the lockdown measures will be announced at 6pm by Greek Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias.

“I choose to take drastic measures sooner rather than later. Many European countries were forced to take such measures when the epidemic was already out of control but I will not endanger the lives of our fellow citizens,” the Greek PM said.

During his speech, the Greek PM referred to new support measures for the employed and unemployed:

– Employees that will be on work suspension in November will receive aid of 800 euros – instead of the announced 534 euros – in early December, in addition to the annual Christmas bonus (handed out to private sector workers).
– All unemployment benefits that expired in September and December will be extended by two months.
– A one-time handout of 400 euros will be given to the country’s long-term unemployed citizens that do not receive benefits.

At 3pm Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will announce all relief measures for businesses and citizens that will be affected by the three-week lockdown measures.

The announcement of Greece’s second lockdown comes three days after new measures went in force and were to last for a month.

About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.
  1. albert Reply

    i think the prime minister is doing a good job

  2. Christos Schutte Reply

    The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is acting before the situation gets completely out of control. Thank for a wise man in Europe. Good luck and stay healthy my Greek friends

  3. Peter Schulthess Reply

    Complete overreaction to lock down an island such as Paros. Zero cases of COVID-19. This only produces a big damage for small businesses. Why? It makes no sense at all. What political agenda does Mitsotakis have?

  4. Paul Reply

    Hi. How do foreign tourists – especially non-Greek speaking ones – currently in Greece during the lockdown obtain permission to leave their place of residence to go to buy food?
    Thank you,
    Paul

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