Prime Minister thanks Church for support, launches virtual community in Viber

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis took the opportunity on Thursday to thank Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece for the church's support in the communal effort to observe coronavirus-related restrictions, including the ban of church services open to the public.

During their telephone conversation Mr Mitsotakis enquired about the Archbishop’s health and wished him well for Greek Orthodox Easter.

Archbishop Ieronymos said the church understands and supports the difficult job the Prime Minister has in protecting public health from the pandemic, and stated he would be leading the services of Easter as of today (April 16) at the Cathedral of Athens. The services will be held behind closed doors but will be televised for the public.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister also announced on social media the launch of an official community on the popular Viber messaging network that will provide information on all the developments regarding COVID-19 in the country.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

"We stay home, we stay informed," wrote Mitsotakis, and provided the link for potential members, which you can find here. 

The new community is now available to all users of the Viber platform in Greece and will provide updated information on coronavirus developments, the measures the government has taken and the ways of restricting the virus' spread, government sources said. They added the community will collect all official notices in one place in the social media world and make them readily available to the public.

The project, it said, is part of the Digital Ministry's 'Digital Solidarity' initiative and part of the government's greater efforts to digitisation.