Of the approximately 550 cases of coronavirus in the police staff, 330 are police officers serving in Thessaloniki, a sign of the rapid spread of the virus in Greece’s second largest city.
This disturbing news was revealed in a statement made by the Minister of Citizen Protection Michalis Chrysochoidis during his visit to Thessaloniki yesterday.
“I call on all police officers to be very careful in their service and social life, so that this valuable asset that the country has – the police personnel supervising the lockdown measures – remains at the service of the country and society,” he stressed.
The fear of the political and police leadership is the possibility of the virus spreading to other departments of the police and state.
“While the figures show that even now Greece is among the countries with a better epidemiological picture, the coronavirus cases are showing exponential growth in Greece,” government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said last week.
Greece has reported fewer COVID-19 cases than most in Europe, but it has seen a significant increase in infections since early October, and Thessaloniki has been one of the hardest hit areas.
Meanwhile, audit services carried out a total of 62,934 inspections on Tuesday and recorded 1,731 cases of violation of restriction measures.
In total, fines of €262,250 and a 15-day suspension penalty were imposed on a store for non-compliance with the ban on the sale of industrial goods.
At the same time, in view of the anniversary of the Polytechnic Uprising, many organizations, trade unions and associations have announced a gatherings.
Some of them stating that the necessary measures to protect public health will be taken.
When asked about it, Chrysochoidis answered:
“We will not let the Polytechnic commemorations take place this year. On Easter, March 25, October 28, we stopped the festivities and protected ourselves. So it will be like this on November 17,” he said.