The government continues to press ahead with a patchwork of measures to enforce or encourage vaccination, as uptake appears to have stalled among a significant section of the population.
Exactly 47 years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Ankara sought to leave its mark for the 20 July anniversary, which was marked this week on the northern part of the island.
In its latest push to boost vaccination numbers in Greece, government is preparing this week to table legislation that will penalise public servants who do not get the Covid-19 jab
The continuing surge in Covid-19 infections and the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant is heightening concern about the latest wave of the pandemic to hit Greece, and its potential impact both on the tourist season and the return to schools and universities in autumn.
The government’s efforts to look ahead to the second half of its four-year term and the recovery from the pandemic appear to be losing traction by the day as the coronavirus becomes an ever more dominant part of the daily political agenda in Greece.
Greece and Turkey are currently experiencing a relatively calm period following a full year of tension and several diplomatic incidents.
The Mitsotakis government’s “carrot and stick” approach to boosting Covid-19 vaccination rates is becoming increasingly politicised, while vocal opponents of the latest round of measures have taken to the streets.
The government is running the gauntlet as it tries to take a more forceful approach towards vaccinations amid a steady rise in coronavirus cases.
Greece is to make vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for frontline healthcare staff in a final effort to boost immunity coverage in critical sectors.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to make a televised address on Monday to set out a new framework of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus and giving vaccinated Greeks more freedom.