February 3, 2023

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Mitsotakis: Possible Additional Measures Against Covid-19 Over Christmas

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis left open the possibility of additional measures against Covid-19 during the Christmas season in order to contain the development of the strain Omicron

Speaking to reporters ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Mitsotakis said:

“We will take additional measures as needed, such as additional testing during the Christmas season, and save additional time to support as many people as possible. It’s a battle against time, but every week we win before Omicron hits us is a victory because we can get a higher percentage [вакцинации]that will increase. ”

The Greek Prime Minister stressed that vaccination is the best line of defense against the virus. The summit “will have the opportunity to discuss the pandemic in detail, as there are concerns about the Omicron strain, which will sooner or later reach all countries. It is imperative that we accelerate vaccination with even more emphasis on the third dose as our scientists show that at this stage, this is the best line of defense we have. “

There are a total of 10 cases of the Omicron variant reported in Greece, while another 9 suspects are undergoing laboratory testing. According to the state broadcaster ERT on Thursday, the last 5 cases were detected in Athens (2) and in the south of the Peloponnese (3). Those in Athens are associated with travel abroad, but the source of the infection in the Peloponnese is unknown, the ERT added.

On Wednesday, Greece decided to introduce “obligatory negative PCR result»For all travelers arriving in the country, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Mitsotakis said also that new measures will be taken to support citizens from high energy costs, such as electricity and natural gas, which will be announced this coming Saturday.

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