The Greek government is said to be looking at tightening controls on movement, as recent instances of overcrowding have raised concerns that the existing lockdown measures are too easily flouted.
The government is gearing up for the announcement of a new set of measures to help struggling businesses as the lockdown looks set to stretch well into April.
As expected, Thursday’s European Council did not lead to a decision on further extraordinary measures to support Europe’s struggling economies, leading to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis taking to social media to express his reaction.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and eight other European leaders wrote a letter to European Council president Charles Michel on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s teleconference, arguing for a coordinated eurozone-level response to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on member-states’ economies.
Greece marked its Independence Day on Wednesday, with the focus on battling the coronavirus, which has now claimed 20 lives in the country.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Greece continues to rise, questions are starting to emerge over the ability of the health system to cope with a surge in the numbers requiring hospital treatment.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a lockdown on Sunday night after a discernible rise in the number of coronavirus-related deaths and confirmed cases.
In his third address to the nation since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a drastic expansion of the economic support package, pledging a total of up to 10 billion euros to fight the spread of the disease in Greece and support the workers and businesses affected by containment measures.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due on Thursday afternoon to give his third public address in two weeks in connection to the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made his second televised address on the coronavirus on Tuesday night, taking an even more serious tone and warning that Greece has a long battle ahead of it to minimise the impact from the disease.