Greece’s Covid-19 statistics remain stubbornly high, prompting a government rethink on easing the national lockdown.
The Greek government has launched another series of diplomatic contacts ahead of the European Council on December 10-11 where EU-Turkey relations will be scrutinised against the background of ongoing tension between Athens and Ankara.
An uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths after a brief lull looks likely to put off any plans to end the national lockdown on December 7 as the opposition piles more pressure on the government.
The storm over the authorities’ handling of Covid-19 case data and scientific advice continues this week, in the aftermath of damaging claims published in the weekend papers.
The government is under intense pressure over its handling of the Covid-19 crisis after media reports over the weekend suggested that there had been serious faults in the way the National Health Organisation (EODY) handled data, based on which experts were advising ministers what measures to take.
The Greek government has extended the national lockdown until December 7 as the number of deaths and ICU cases linked to Covid-19 show no sign of abating.
A vote on labour legislation on Wednesday spilled over into a general debate on the handling of the healthcare crisis and the economic effects of the pandemic.
The persistently high number of Covid-related deaths and patients being treated in special ICU units means that the government is putting on hold for the time being any plans to lift the lockdown imposed almost three weeks ago.
Athens is making a concerted effort to make it clear towards Ankara and Brussels where Greece’s limits lie ahead of the crucial European Council this December.
The publication in the past few days of two major policy documents has given a fairly detailed insight into the strategic direction mapped out by the Greek government for the post-pandemic era.