Coronavirus: Greek Government spokesperson doesn't rule out new nationwide lockdown

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas referred to the possibility of a second lockdown during an an interview with SKAI TV on Wednesday, saying that this cannot be ruled out as an option.

“We are not there yet. We simply say that we need to have all the options on the table. The prime minister on Monday asked the Experts’ Committee to draw up a plan of possible measures, which will be activated in an relatively automatic way when we see that the epidemiological data is deteriorating,” he explained.

The spokesperson underlined that “the problem is still with us, it is dynamic and evolving and we always take the measures that are needed. We will do whatever is necessary to deal with it. We do not rule out anything. The protection of public health and of human life is not weighed on any scale.”

Petsas said that what worries the government “is the explosion of cases globally in the last period,” adding that Greece wants to avoid the worst, which would be a second lockdown, but “what we want above all is not to put our fellow citizens at risk and put so much pressure on the health system that it is unable to offer the citizens the care they deserve.”

Greece recorded 312 new cases of COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

This raises the total number of cases to 14,041.

2,462 are considered to be related to travel from abroad and 5,972 are related to an already known case.

Sixty-seven individuals are in ICU. Their median age is 70 years, and 20 of them are women. 88.1% have an underlying condition or are aged 70 years and above.

A total of 176 patients have been discharged from ICUs since the start of the pandemic in Greece.

The country’s pandemic death toll stands at 316. The median age of all was 78 years and 96.5% of the deceased had an underlying condition and/or age of 70 years or more.

It is recalled new COVID-19 regulations were announced for Athens and Attica.