The number of cases in the next 48 hours will determine the government's decisions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The country from 7 January proceeded to the first phase of opening up social and economic life with the start of primary school courses and the operation of retail. The cases in the last days show an increase and exceed them 800, ringing the alarm bell both in the infectious disease committee, as well as at the Maximos Palace.
No one wants to relive what happened in the two months of November-December, with hospitals filled with coronavirus patients and ICUs reaching their limits, and the government are on the lookout to take action again to prevent a similar situation. According to government officials, we are not yet at the point of postponing the opening of gymnasiums and lyceums, however, no one can rule out such a thing if today and tomorrow the cases reach a four-digit number.
Thoughts on the return of click away
Kyriakos Mitsotakis gave the stigma of the intentions on Tuesday night, speaking at a party event, where he stressed that "at any time we will evaluate the epidemiological data and if we need to make an adjustment to our strategy, I want to say it again, we will not hesitate to do it ". If there is a burden on epidemiological data, retail will return to click away and will finally enter physical presence in stores. Even if a decision is made not to open gymnasiums and lyceums - although we are not there yet- primary schools will remain open, at least in the first phase.
The government's precautionary measures in the event of a third wave
A third wave of the pandemic combined with delays in vaccine deliveries, after AstraZeneca failed to deliver agreed batches of vaccines to Europe, looks like a nightmare scenario. A suffocation in the Health System is a possibility that they exorcise in the government and it is estimated that they will choose to act preventively, despite the risks to the economy from a tighter lockdown.
The positive thing is that the country managed to borrow yesterday, through the issuance of a 10-year bond, 3,5 billion. euro, at an interest rate of approx 0,8% which is the lowest interest rate recorded by the Greek version of any duration. So there is room for support for those affected by the pandemic and the next critical two months.
A second positive point is that the vaccination strategy is justified and the decision to keep the second dose. So, despite delays in deliveries, It is ensured that those who have taken the first dose will have the second available at the appropriate time. also, yesterday exceeded the target for 200.000 vaccinations by the end of January and a new target, According to reports, are now the 250.000 vaccinations.