Greece follows the path taken by France and other European countries and announces a greater restriction of movement of its population. Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis announced this Thursday a three-week lockdown nationwide starting Saturday, in order to contain the increase in infections in the country as well as admissions to intensive care, just two days after the curfew came into effect.
“Once again, I choose to take measures as soon as possible rather than later,” Mitsotakis said in his televised message, in which he argued that the increase in infections in recent days It has forced him to adopt new measures, instead of waiting to see if the measures already taken would work. The confinement will take effect at 6 a.m. on Saturday.
The prime minister has stressed that if the government waited and the current measures did not work, then the pressure on the country’s hospitals would be “unbearable”, with thousands of patients, according to the newspaper ‘Kathimerini’. In addition, he has advanced that the Government will financially support the citizens who are affected by the new confinement.
In this second confinement, nursery and primary schools will remain open, but secondary education will be remote. In addition, travel between regions and those who want to leave their home to work, shop, go to the doctor or exercise will be prohibited. they will need to send a text message to a government number.
In Greece, the night curfew was in force since Tuesday night, between 00:00 and 5:00, but the Government had already warned of the possibility of a new lockdown. In fact, since Monday the total confinement in Thessaloniki and Serres was in force, in northern Greece, for a period of at least two weeks.
The country registered a new daily record of infections this Wednesday, with 2,646, while ICU occupancy rate is currently 69 percent. So far, the pandemic leaves almost 47,000 cases and more than 670 fatalities.
Greece thus joins countries such as France, Belgium, England or Ireland, which has also decreed your second home confinement. Other European countries are expected to join in if the virus situation continues to worsen.