The voices for the non-opening of the schools on 7 January with several scientists calling for a new extension even though the government is aiming for the first bell after the holidays to be heard on 8 January.
Many scholars consider it dangerous to open schools on 8/1 as it is believed that parental mobility will create a new resurgence of the pandemic. One of the experts appears negative at the opening of the schools on 8/1 is Demosthenes Sarigiannis. On the other hand, Niki Kerameos continues to emphasize that the government's intention is to open on time.
"I understand that the goal is to open schools, but with the indications we have by region in the country I do not think it can be done. It would help to increase teleworking ", stressed Professor Sarigiannis, while also characterizing the lifting of the lockdown in 7 January. "It does not take us long to escape the pandemic," he told the Open.
"We are in a phase of de-escalation. With a two-week delay in ICUs and deaths. It is a difficult period due to the weather conditions ", he added.
What will happen with the extension of the lockdown
The government is taking a step – step. After all, all forecasts so far have fallen on deaf ears and government officials are now sparing in their statements..
Specifically, on whether the measures will be relaxed, Mr.. Petsas stressed:
"Until 7 In January we follow the measures and then we hope that we will be in a phase to release economic and social activities ".
For her part, however, the president of the hospital doctors of Athens and Piraeus, Matina Pagoni, she pointed out in her statements today:
"If necessary, we will take more measures, such as extending the lockdown, because we have a large increase in viral load and it is not observed only in Attica and Macedonia. It is too early to say whether we will open on 7 January. West Attica has a very high viral load. People who work there, return after the rest of Attica. The toughest measures in West Attica can continue after Friday ".