Sotiris Tsiodras: lifting of measures "continues to be experimental"



At Thursday's daily press briefing, Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras announced 15 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours, and 1 new death.

The total Covid-19 infections in Greece stands at 2,591. Of these, 591 were infected abroad, and 1,286 from cases traced in Greece.

Deaths total 140 since the start of the outbreak, while 41 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units.

As of May 4, Greece will gradually start lifting lockdown measures.

He stressed that "the lifting of measures was experimental and continues to be experimental," depending on day to day developments and updated information about the virus.

Tsiodras once again stressed the obligatory use of face masks while in enclosed spaces or taking public transportation. From Monday, “passenger assistants” will be deployed at 45 Athens metro stations to remind passengers to put on their masks and to make sure there is no overcrowding.

Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias also issued a warning call concerning "the laxness of the public" in observing health measures for the Covid-19 pandemic, like keeping social distancing and staying at home.

The Minister warned that a rollback of some lockdown measures starting Monday does not mean leaving the house for no reason. "We stay home - every other rationale is entirely dangerous," he said, citing the high number of fines on Wednesday for violating measures.

He also noted that people can move freely within their home prefectures as of Monday in all of Greece except for Athens and Thessaloniki, where circulation is allowed within the limits of the metropolitan area.

A total of 75,170 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Greece.

As Greece’s Deputy Development and Investment Minister Nikos Papathanassis stated yesterday, "We must learn to live with face masks, as we learned to live with helmets on motorcycles and seat belts in cars."

The 16-year-old creator of “The Greek Mask Project”, Coralia Hadiyannaki continues to make and distribute surgical masks to Greece's frontline workers.

If you would like to donate to the project, please visit 'The Greek Mask Project'. All proceeds will go towards the production of new masks to supply more hospitals in Greece.