The government is expected to announce in the coming days its plans for relaxing the lockdown rules after seeming to have navigated through the Easter weekend in Greece without any notable signs of civil disobedience.
A number of developments linked to the coronavirus crisis have led to speculation in the Greek media about the possibility of a snap election in the summer or early autumn.
The Greek government is set to announce by April 27, when many of the current restrictions on movement are set to expire, its plans for starting to lift the lockdown that has been in place since March 23.
In a televised address at the start of Holy Week, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned the Greek people that “the pandemic is subsiding, but the war is not won yet”, and called for the continued observance of social distancing measures in the run-up to the most celebrated festival in the religious calendar.
The effort to keep the number of coronavirus deaths and cases at a satisfactory level continues with some urgency for the government this week due to the country entering Holy Week and new potential outbreak sources being discovered.
Authorities are focussing their efforts on containing a new coronavirus outbreak in central Greece that could risk upsetting efforts to suppress the disease, such as school closures, which the government announced on Friday would be extended for another month.
The government has announced it will step up checks on highways and at ports and airports ahead of Greek Orthodox Easter next Sunday to ensure it keeps a lid on the coronavirus outbreak, which has yet to test Greece’s health service to the full.
As Greek Orthodox Easter approaches, the government is trying to dampen speculation about when it might start lifting the restrictions on movement and the idea that snap elections might be held later this year.
While Greek government officials are beginning to express reserved optimism over the success of the lockdown measures in controlling the spread of coronavirus among the general population, a handful of confirmed cases in migrant housing facilities have highlighted the risk posed by crowded living conditions in the camps.
Although there is relief in Athens at the relative calm in Greek-Turkish relations over the past few days, the government remains vigilant.