According to Greek media reports on December 8, it has been more than a month since Greece imposed a second round of comprehensive blockade, but the epidemic does not seem to have been effectively controlled.
Greek Prime Minister Mizotakis said through the media that the Greek government was disturbed by the slow decline in the rate of COVID-19 infection and the still high number of severe cases, and called on the people to strictly abide by epidemic prevention regulations during the traditional Christmas and New Year holidays and minimize gatherings.
When people celebrate with their families during the festival, the number of parties must be kept below nine, Mizotakis said. This is the rule that everyone must abide by and a practical action to protect themselves and their families.
Regarding the reason why the decline in infection rate is too slow, he said that this is due to the fact that the second round of lockdown measures is not as strict as the first round, and the people have become “anti-epidemic fatigue” and their vigilant has been relaxed.
Greek media previously reported that the Mizotakis and his wife swam to the mountains of northern Athens and took photos with many people without wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance. This situation has aroused great concern to the Greek people.
Mizotakis responded: “I made the mistake of taking pictures with others without a mask. I have self-criticised this and set myself a stricter standard.”