PM Mitsotakis: Greece now gradually entering a time of recovery

8 June 2021
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“I wanted to address the Parliament in order to stress the importance of the European Covid-19 Certificate. Its special contribution to the effort so that tourism can be the first this year to begin the cycle of recovery for the entire Greek economy,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday during the debate on the bill which ratifies the legislative act on the issue of digital covid certificates.

“Let me remind you that we were at the forefront of initiatives at other levels too,” the prime minister said, explaining that Greece was “one of the first countries to use self-tests. I want to remind you that it was Greece together with seven other European countries that raised the need for a great European economic response to the recession caused by the coronavirus last March. The result was the Recovery Fund.”

Referring then to the progress of the pandemic in Greece, the prime minister stressed that the number of cases and patients requiring breathing support was decreasing. “It is now extremely encouraging that cases are declining rapidly and hospital admissions are dropping,” Mitsotakis said, and added: “However, it is extremely sad that the vast majority of those now intubated in ICUs are people who chose not to be vaccinated. This is something that should deeply concern us.”

“I hold on to the positive side. A month ago we had over 800 people intubated. Today it is below 360 and we predict that this process of de-escalation will continue,” he underlined.

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