A support package totalling 10 billion euros was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday evening, in a televised message that also called on the public to follow official directions, disregarding fake news.
The premier appealed to the Greek public to “prevent the dismantling of what we have built recently” by resisting the temptation to take trips away from home in areas that may not be able to provide health services if they get sick. “The tough times are still ahead,” he said, “and we took drastic measures early on to prevent the spread of the virus, but we do not yet know how effective they will be.”
He added, “The coming weeks will be decisive for our country as well – it’s up to us that tough and complicated (weeks) do not turn into nightmarish ones. I ask you, therefore, that we do not tear down what we have built recently. In Italy they ran out of coffins to bury their dead. And yet in Greece I see some people exhibit an unjustified complacency. I will not accept this.”
The government, he said, has taken all the restrictive measures it can, and he called on the public to restrict unnecessary contacts and to “listen only to official reports.” Fake news are bad for one’s physical and mental health, he reiterated.”This weekend is an opportunity to show our social responsibility: Since we have no professional obligations, we stay home,” Mitsotakis stressed.