The coronavirus crisis continued to put increasing pressure on the government and the health service over the weekend as 211 more Greeks lost their lives during the 48-hour period after contracting Covid-19.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, this week in what was his second trip to the UAE in 2020 after an earlier one in March.
As Greece’s hospitalisations and deaths from coronavirus remain at alarming levels, government officials are starting to shift their attention to the next stage in the management of the pandemic with the announcement of a vaccination strategy, while tentative dates are being aired for the easing of the lockdown.
The government’s bid on Tuesday to stop all protests marking the 1973 revolt against the junta turned into a fiasco and ended in clashes between police and demonstrators.
A political controversy erupted over the marking of November 17, the anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic uprising against Greece’s military dictatorship, which is traditionally celebrated with a large-scale rally in the centre of Athens.
More than 100 Greeks who contracted Covid-19 died over Saturday and Sunday, making it the worst weekend since the pandemic began.
The government is due to temporarily suspend the auctions of repossessed properties and is also aiming to provide a Christmas handout to some Greeks as New Democracy tries to respond to the heavy criticism aimed at Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his administration over the handling of the coronavirus crisis.
As the pandemic continues to hit northern Greece hard, the government’s claims to competent management of the healthcare crisis are coming in for a pummelling by the opposition.
The opposition parties are ramping up the pressure on the government over the public health system’s capacity amid claims that there are no more ICU beds available for Covid-19 patients in Thessaloniki, which is currently at the epicentre of the latest wave.
Following the imposition of the second national lockdown, opposition parties have gone on the offensive over what they describe as the government’s failure to act promptly to contain the second wave of the Covid pandemic.