The streets of Athens have been sprayed with disinfectant to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announced that special municipal squads will spray the city centre and neighbourhoods daily.
"We strengthen and intensify disinfection businesses throughout Athens as of now, before the city returns to its fall pace. 50 washing machines and more than 80 employees of the Municipality, daily, on all roads of the capital, wash and disinfect so that all public areas of Athens continue to be safe," he posted on Facebook.
The disinfection program will be carried out early in the morning and late at night across Athens’ seven districts based on population density and popularity.
Busy public spaces such as squares and sidewalks, but also high-risks areas such as hospitals, pharmacies, supermarkets, bakeries, etc., will be disinfected.
The employees of the Municipality of Athens who will carry out the daily disinfections, are equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment (special glasses, special uniforms, gloves and masks) so that they are completely protected during the spraying.
It is recalled the increase number of coronavirus cases in Greece has alarmed the government and scientists, Professor of Infectious Diseases Nikos Sypsas said.
“The situation will be particularly critical, with incalculable consequences, when the number of intubated and dead returns to the levels we had during lockdown. This will be a sign that the country is now in the second wave of the virus,” Professor Sypsas continued.
He was adamant however, that a second generalised lockdown will be avoided at all costs.
“A general lockdown will be the ultimate disaster. We will avoid it at all costs. We will take all appropriate measures before we get there,” he stressed, while appealing to all citizens to observe the protection measures against the virus, as “it does not matter to announce new measures every day if the citizens do not observe them.”