The introductory position of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the meeting of the Council of Ministers was dedicated to the second wave of the pandemic and the measures to be taken to deal with it.
A new one-month action plan will be announced
The Prime Minister informed media that tomorrow he will announce measures to deal with the second wave. “As in the first phase, where we took action early on, we must take tougher measures again and more timely than in other European countries in order to prevent the worst, save lives and reduce the pressure on the health system. “Tomorrow I will announce a new one-month action plan,” he said. “I will say again that our goal remains to avoid a national lockdown and we will proceed with a further strengthening of the targeted restrictions. A policy that must be implemented in an absolute way, “he added.
Lockdown in Thessaloniki, Rodopi and Larissa
He announced that the areas of Thessaloniki, Larissa and Rodopi passed to “level 4” and the measures will apply to the areas that are “in the red”. “As of today, some extraordinary decisions must be made. “Thessaloniki, Rodopi and Larissa are in the red, which means that most functions are suspended, but, I emphasize, retail and schools will remain open,” said the Prime Minister.
It is unacceptable for Sotiris Tsiodras to be attacked
He denounced the attacks that Professor Sotiris Tsiodras has been receiving in recent days. “I find it unacceptable that some people have chosen to target scientists. And I think that specifically the targeting of the professor, Mr. Tsiodras, which is very systematic in recent days is unacceptable. If our political opponents want to criticize us, we are here to criticize the Government, myself, the responsible Ministers, but to target scientists who do all they can to submit their scientific knowledge to the State for letting us to make the decisions, I consider it to be completely wrong, especially at a time when we must once again gain the trust of the society for the correctness of the measures we are taking”, stressed Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The introductory position of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
“We have a rich agenda at today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers. All issues are de facto influenced, possibly secondarily, by the timeliness of the second wave of Covid.
There’s no need to give you the relevant information. You can see what is happening all over the world, especially in Europe. We are facing a second wave, which is more aggressive than the one we faced in March and April.
We will have the opportunity to discuss these issues today at an extraordinary European Council, to see to what extent we can agree on a trans-European system of action. however, until that happens, the measures that each country takes are the national responsibility of each government. We in Greece have comparatively, I emphasize, better results than the rest of Europe. I would say that we are probably 2 to 3 weeks behind of what other European countries are experiencing today.
But I have to tell you that the pressure on the health system is greater than ever and we must, as in the first phase where we took action early, take stricter measures again and earlier than other European countries to prevent the worst, to save human lives and reduce the pressure exerted on the Health System.
I will announce a new one-month action plan. I will not go into details now, I will just say that we now know from the tracking processes which economic activities cause a problem of rapid spread of the virus and which do not cause such a large spread of the virus, so we will adjust our plan for next month to the real data which we have at our disposal.
Regarding Thessaloniki, Rodopi and Larissa which are in the red, it means that most functions are suspended, but, I emphasize, retail and schools will be open.
I will say again that our goal remains to avoid a universal lockdown, so we will proceed to further strengthen the targeted restrictions. A policy which must be implemented in an absolute way.
The next 15 days is literally crucial and on this front each Ministry has its own position. For example, the telework we have implemented must be observed and monitored by all of you. Transportation has already begun to find immediate solutions to improve conditions in daily commuting. It is an ongoing struggle that takes place.
And of course the Ministries of Finance are already working on measures to alleviate workers and companies that will be de facto affected more from the measures we will announce.
It is also clear that we will strengthen, we have already done, the controls in cooperation with the Local Government, the Greek Police, the National Transparency Authority.
I think that what Professor Sotiris Tsiodras said on Tuesday about our individual responsibility and the rules as an education for the exercise of our personal freedom are catalytic. In this field and in this direction we will insist on informing, convincing, controlling.
It is important to understand once again that small setbacks for a short period of time can bring great results for a long time.
I also want to make a reference to the fact that I am very concerned, rather to use a stricter expression, I find it unacceptable that some have chosen to target scientists. And I think that specifically the targeting of the professor, Mr. Tsiodras, which is very systematic in recent days is unacceptable.
If our political opponents want to criticize us, we are here to criticize the government, me personally, the responsible Ministers, but to target scientists who do all they can to submit their scientific knowledge to the State, so we can make better decisions, is something I think is completely wrong, especially at a time when we must once again gain society ‘s trust in the correctness of the measures we are taking.
I conclude by saying that wednesday’s anniversary highlighted the two fronts that our country is facing today with great challenges: the health front and the national front, and at the same time it highlighted security as an element that runs horizontally through these two great challenges.
But I think it was also an opportunity to bring to the fore the ingredient that will lead us to the victorious outcome of the struggles we pass through: The readiness of the state, the unity, the mobilization of the citizens. On the one hand the state care, on the other hand the conscious individual responsibility.
And I am sure that this thought was made on wednesday by all Greek women, all Greeks, even without the occasion of parades or traditional events. It was a celebration of self-awareness and unity and we must keep this spirit alive, turning it into daily practice. Everyone in his field and all together in Greece as a whole. “