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.
The Greek government will be watching Tuesday’s Eurogroup with a keen interest as it tries to adapt its ongoing response to the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.
The rollout of the economic support measures continued on Friday as the government considered more restrictions on movement, having enjoyed strong support for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis so far.
The coronavirus crisis has not been entirely without its positives for Greeks, one of which has been the acceleration of e-government and the provision of online services.