We are entering the most crucial phase in the battle against the coronavirus, said government spokesperson Stelios Petsas at a press briefing on Thursday.
On all fronts, Greece is doing better than other countries but this does not, however, permit complacency, he added.
Petsas welcomed the fact that the vast majority of Greeks were complying with the instructions to stay home but noted that, unfortunately, a few were abusing the leeway given under the restrictions.
He also said that this year, Greeks will be spending Easter at home, staying away from villages and rural areas to protect “all of our lives and those of our loved ones.”
Commenting on the Holy Synod’s decision for “closed-door” services without a congregation, he called it responsible and reasonable.
Greek PM: We are probably at the end of the beginning
“We are not at the beginning of the end. We are probably at the end of the beginning,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in parliament, during a plenary debate on the measures to address the novel coronavirus crisis.
He also stressed the importance of not allowing the healthcare system to become overwhelmed.
The prime minister said that “April may prove decisive for the future” and spoke of the first “cautiously hopeful results” but also stressed that “what is coming requires firm dedication to the goal, discipline, unity and solidarity.”
The government’s first priority is to take care of the Greeks, who must remain healthy in order to rebuild what the pandemic has destroyed, Mitsotakis stated, adding that companies must be able to restart growth. “This is why we have planned four packages of economic support amounting to 10 billion euros in 30 days,” he said.
“Our main concern remains to preserve jobs but also fair and horizontal social care,” Mitsotakis stressed in his speech.