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Iliopoulos: Gov't Neither Has Nor Wants a Plan for Protecting Public Health

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SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Effie Skaza)

ATHENS -- "For the last five months the country has been in a lockdown that has now been clearly shown not to work and the government appears to neither have nor to want a plan for protecting public health," main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos said to radio "Sto Kokkino 9.41 Thessaloniki" on Thursday.

According to Iliopoulos, there was no good way to justify the fact that society "went into lockdown with 1,000 Covid cases [per day] and was reopening with 4,000."

He pointed out that over 7,400 people have died since November and "the government continues to not take the measures that are essential, starting with the two areas that scientists consider as a source of super-spreader events: public transport and workplaces".

Referring to the self tests, he said it "should not be turned into an issue of personal responsibility" but must be conducted in conditions of medical supervision with all the essential health protection measures and a guarantee that they will be recorded, while adding that the government was rushing to buy self tests lacking European certification.

On the resumption of activities, Iliopoulos underlined that this must be accompanied by the essential health protection measures and also continued support for those activities that have not yet reopened.