Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to make another televised address regarding the coronavirus as his government lines up more measures aimed at propping up the economy and struggling businesses.
Greece is introducing tighter measures to discourage social gatherings, in an effort to put a stop to the widespread breaches and circumventions of the first wave of emergency measures introduced last week.
The government has decided to activate a crisis management centre to oversee the effort to combat the coronavirus as a new opinion poll indicates that the relatively early action it has taken to aid social distancing has strong approval among voters.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made his first televised address regarding the coronavirus on Wednesday evening, just hours before the first death from the illness in Greece was confirmed.
The government is stepping up the range of precautionary measures being taken to impede the spreading of the coronavirus in Greece, where 89 people have been diagnosed with the illness, but nobody has yet died.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was in Berlin on Monday as part of a scheduled visit to showcase investment opportunities in Greece, which gained additional diplomatic overtones in light of European efforts to address the crisis on the Greek-Turkish border.
As skirmishes between migrants, Greek and Turkish border forces continue, this week kicks off with heightened diplomatic activity on all sides in pursuit of a solution.
The first major opinion poll published since the closure of Greek-Turkish border crossings appears to back up the sense that there is strong support for the government’s decision across the political spectrum.
Broad consensus on border action holds, but concerns emerge over use of force and press intimidation
Calls for a council of Greek political leaders in recent days have revealed the degree of unity behind the government’s handling of the crisis at the Turkish border, while disagreements persist over how to address the migration issue as a whole.
The European Commission approved 700 million euros of emergency funds to help Greece cope with the ongoing border crisis arising from the arrival of thousands of migrants at the Turkish borders.