Sotiris Tsiodras: the next 15 days are crucial



Greece's Health Ministry spokesperson and infectious diseases expert, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras described the next 15 days as critical for the control of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is important to remain vigilant and to diagnose new cases in time with increased laboratory testing and immediate intervention by tracking contacts from new cases. We still do not have all the answers, we will continue to monitor the picture of the disease every day and if we need to intervene, we will intervene to control the pandemic," Tsiodras stressed.

At the daily press briefing, he also announced 8 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Greece in the last 24 hours, and 3 new deaths.

The total Covid-19 infections in Greece stands at 2,620. Of these, 591 were infected abroad, and 1,286 from cases traced in Greece.

Deaths total 143 since the start of the outbreak, while 37 patients are being treated in Intensive Care Units.

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

The responsibility continues to play a leading role in the new daily life that begins on Monday, "because this is the only way to take the next step, without jeopardising what we have achieved so far," said Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias.

He called on citizens to follow the instructions of experts, to follow the rules of personal hygiene and to be responsible. "It's the only way to stay safe. We are not done with coronavirus and the situation remains critical and we remain vigilant."