The election of Joe Biden as the 46th US President has fired up expectations in Athens for a further improvement in Greek-US relations and that Washington will be supportive of Athens’s positions in its ongoing crisis with Turkey.
Greece entered the first working day of its new national lockdown on Monday with the focus on the health system’s capacity for dealing with Covid-19 cases, which continue to grow despite the latest strict restrictions coming into force on Saturday.
The government is adding an extra 1 billion euros to the amount it plans to spend on the latest stimulus package, which it hopes will cushion some of the economic impact of the new national lockdown that is due to be implemented from this Saturday.
Greece is to enter a three-week national lockdown at 6 am Saturday to counteract the alarming rise in Covid-19 infection rates, which have increased pressure on the country’s healthcare system in recent weeks.
The government is on edge as it waits to see if the latest measures adopted to stymie Covid-19 have the desired effect and the pressure on the public health system can be eased.
A photo of the dean of one of Greece’s top universities being humiliated by a group of self-styled anti-establishment protesters has caused outrage in the academic community and resulted in calls for action to protect higher education establishments.
The government announced on Monday a full two-week lockdown for the northern cities of Thessaloniki and Serres as part of the latest drive to stifle the coronavirus and prevent even graver healthcare and political problems.
The earthquake that struck Greece and Turkey last week was a reminder that whatever their geopolitical differences, the two countries share some geographical risks.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to deliver another televised address on Friday to announce the government’s latest interventions aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19.
Greece reported record high in daily infections and ICU usage on Wednesday, with 1,547 new cases and 108 patients intubated in ICUs. The new jump in infections prompted Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to announce a new month-long action plan to tackle the spread of the virus.