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Coronavirus spike: There should be no panic, but vigilance, says Professor Elias Mossialos

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Elias Mossialos, Professor in Health Policy and Head of Department at the London School of Economics, said “there should be no panic, but there should be great vigilance,” after the announcement of the 97 new cases of coronavirus reported in Greece in the last 4 days.

In March, the Greek government appointed Professor Elias Mossialos as the country’s representative to international organisations dealing with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

According to Mossialos, some citizens took the virus for granted, for example in Mykonos, where they partied on the cosmopolitan island and ignored the government imposed safety measures. As a result, at ‘Alemagou’, a well-known beach bar on Ftelia Beach, inspectors imposed a “lockout” of 60 days, until the beginning of August, and a fine of €20,000 to the owners, for non-compliance with public safety regulations, according to SKAI.

What happened in our country but also in many other countries are what I call “the paradox of prevention,” the professor continued, emphasising also that a percentage of people do not observe the safety measure such as wearing a mask in the places where it is required.

In any case, Mossialos stressed that recording 97 cases should not worry us, as Denmark and Austria (which has about the same population) recorded a higher number of cases. “Under no circumstances should we be led to a second lockdown,” Mosialos continued, adding that even local lockdown should be avoided.

Regarding the opening of the border, which will take place next Monday, June 15, the professor pointed out that: “We are minimising the risk if we accept tourists from countries that have few cases. In this case, the risk is controlled provided that we monitor the situation systematically.”

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