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Greece’s holiday season to go uninterrupted as health minister rules out more lockdowns




Health Minister Thanos Plevris has ruled out introducing anymore harsh restrictions in the country, however continues to push for increased testing and vaccinations.

Speaking to Skai TV on Monday, the Health Minister said Greeks will be able to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve uninterrupted.

“There are currently no thoughts of lockdown-style restrictions,” he said.

He added that there are internal discussions for a mandatory Covid-test for the general population, for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, allowing authorities to have a better understanding of the epidemiological situation in the country.

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Plevris said that although currently experiencing a de-escalation of the fourth coronavirus wave, Greece should be bracing for the fast-spreading Omicron variant. He said a fifth wave is likely to hit the country in January.

Greece has so far registered 26 cases of the Omicron variant in Crete, Laconia and Attica. 

One day prior, the Health Minister told Mega TV that testing measures should be primarily directed towards the unvaccinated.

The Epidemiologists’ Committee is expected to meet in due time, while the new measures are expected to be announced on Wednesday, December 22.

Source: Ekatherimini

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