The speech of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the new measures after the outbreak of the cases.
The obligatory use of a mask even outdoors, as well as the traffic ban by 12.30 until 5.00 a.m. at “Orange” and “red” areas announced the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in his sermon to the Greek people.
The Prime Minister described the situation prevailing with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing new measures to stop the spread.
The Prime Minister's speech in detail:
“My fellow citizens,
I will contact you again, as the second wave of the pandemic is on the offensive. Everywhere in Europe, but now also here in Greece. I have to present the situation with absolute sincerity. To point out the dangers. But also to show the way of defense that we must follow. Based on the advice of science. Guide, the measures of the State. And a steady lever of discipline, because individual responsibility is the other side of social solidarity.
I will try to talk as simply as possible about today's reality and how we will deal with it.
In recent days we have seen a sharp increase in cases. To some extent, this is due to the increase in the number of tests performed. Just yesterday, for example, became more than 24.000 throughout the territory. But it is clear that in several areas the virus is transmitted, already, With high speed.
The data show that even in this new health crisis, Greece still resists better than most European countries.. Now, we have more knowledge about how the virus is transmitted. We have innovative case detection and tracking systems. We have a larger number of intensive care beds. And many more doctors and nurses in our hospitals. I thank them, thank you, one more time, for your daily fight.
But all this is not enough. As I said, the second wave is stronger. Affects, most, all ages, but especially the young. And it penetrates regions, cities, even neighborhoods. By vehicle, unfortunately, social life itself: The daily contacts between us and the simple habits of leisure and fun.
Be careful: Experts warn that in times of carelessness we become more vulnerable to the virus. On the contrary, in schools, where the measures are meticulously observed, the risks turn out to be much smaller.
I want, Well, to be clear: The coming months are forecast to be difficult. And as a general "lockdown" is not my choice, other measures are required. Smarter. More targeted. And, after all, more effectively.
Our target, therefore, remains not the absolute suspension of our activities. But the local reduction of the dangers that threaten them. To CONTINUE, that is,, the rhythms of our lives but based on the rules indicated by experts. Making small concessions to protect the great good of health.
Greece has, most, a map with the levels of transmission and transmission of the coronavirus and the measures involved in each. These have limited costs for the economy. They offer, Nevertheless, huge profit in collective prosperity. That is why they must be observed faithfully.
Our plan, however, is dynamic. Which means it adapts to the pandemic outbreaks and the local peculiarities it presents. In the new coronavirus attack, Well, and after the suggestions of the experts, we respond with two new measures:
First, in areas with a dangerous increase in cases, those of levels 3 and 4, traffic will be prohibited from 12.30 after midnight to 5.00 in the morning. They are excluded, sure, those working at night and emergencies.
Target, reduce travel and evening gatherings, which favor the transmission of the virus. With less fun, maybe, for a while. But with more health for a long time. A prediction that already applies, after all, in many European capitals and regions. And the first report is encouraging.
Secondly, the use of a mask becomes mandatory everywhere. Not only indoors but also outdoors. Because the coronavirus lurks everywhere, without waiting at the entrance of a store. "He does not eat door", to speak the language of the younger ones.
To put it simply, and we will enter the cafe or restaurant, hereinafter, with mask. Which we will remove only when we sit at the table. And of course the ban on standing in indoor rooms is still in force.