Countdown to exit lockdown

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Day by day we are now counting down to the gradual lifting of restrictions and the process of transition to the new normality, after the successful repulse of the first wave of the corona. The government staff is holding successive meetings, discussions and consultations on the transition to the next day. At the same time, all scenarios for schools remain open, with the only certain start date being May 11th for the 3rd Lyceum.

It is recalled that according to the detailed schedule for the gradual lifting of the restrictive measures being studied by Maximou, and published on Saturday by, the first phase of the relaxation will begin on May 4 and will be redefined every fortnight. The transition to the new reality will not be easy, since, as the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection said yesterday, “the next phase will be to return to a new daily life and not to the usual regularity and it will be necessary to maintain social responsibility. “We will have cases and we will lose our fellow human beings. Failure to comply with the rules will not be accepted. The measures will be constantly re-examined and some areas will be quarantined again “, Mr Hardalias pointed out.

Professor Sotiris Tsiodras spoke extensively on Saturday about the gradual lifting of the restrictive measures, which also applies to schools. As he said, this time period is the most suitable for relaxation of the measures of what the November or December, so would “flare-up” and other respiratory diseases, besides coronavirus. At the same time, the professor of infectious diseases during yesterday’s briefing of the Ministry of Health referred -among other things- to the challenges that Greece will face with the gradual relaxation of the measures for the coronaio.

Sotiris Tsiodras explained that Greece will use many “tools” during the gradual lifting of the lockdown: the tests, the early diagnosis, the tracking, the monitoring of the hospitalized cases, the monitoring of any increase in traffic. “It simply came to our notice then. With the help of mathematical tools, some measures can be taken, “he said. The core of the strategy, according to the professor, will be the protection of vulnerable groups, while revealing that special measures will be considered for those (eg the elderly) around the children.

“Nothing will happen under pressure. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, “he said, and concluded by focusing on an optimistic study from Switzerland:

“In Switzerland, samples from 36 countries and all continents are being analyzed. The small differences between viruses can help us. For example, a strain of a virus detected in Greece can tell us where the virus came from Greece. In the United States, the cases were from both China and Europe. In Iceland, it was from the USA. “It simply came to our notice then that development on one side of the earth could affect the other. With today’s data, there seems to be a slow pace of mutations. According to Switzerland, the virus will not change significantly in the coming years and a possible vaccine will protect us in the long run. ”

According to information from, due to the criticality of the developments and the necessary consultations -and- for the schools, the speech of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis may change day, and take place on Tuesday, instead of Monday. According to the same sources, until the last moment, the prime minister will have contacts and teleconferences with his staff and experts. Until Tuesday’s announcement, there is information about a simultaneous teleconference with the Minister of Education Niki Kerameos, the Minister of Health Vassilis Kikilias and Sotiris Tsiodras, on the subject of schools and Panhellenic. One of the issues that will be discussed will be the consequences, in terms of logistics, of a possible extension of the school year.

The lifting of the measures is planned to take place gradually, in four phases, over the next two months. The beginning will be on May 4 and every fortnight the situation will be evaluated, depending on the course of the pandemic and we will move on to the second stage of release. If there are negative developments, the measures will return. For the schools, according to information, the opening of the 3rd Lyceum on May 11 has been locked, while there are two scenarios for the other levels. The first concerns the resumption of classes on May 25 for the remaining classes of the Lyceum and the Gymnasium and a week later for the primary schools, while the second and more prevalent one, provides for the opening of all schools on June 1 and extension of the school by three weeks.

In the first wave of lifting restrictions, on May 4, shops and retailers will open, along with hairdressers and beauty salons. The reopening of the department stores is postponed to the end of the month. At the same time, the movement of citizens throughout the territory is expected to be released, with the exception of the transition to the islands. This also implies the abolition of the SMS sending obligation.



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