ATHENS -- "From the first day that Greece opened its borders, we see that we can successfully control the imported cases. We have implemented extensive controls based on a special algorithm developed by the panel of experts, resulting in good control at the entrance and good tracking afterwards. So, the imported cases, at the moment, do not seem to be a big problem," government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said on Friday, in an interview with public broadcaster ERT.
However, as he pointed out, the big problem appeared to be a sense of complacency regarding Covid-19 within the country. "This is the enemy. Phenomena of an unacceptable relaxation [of safety rules], which led us to a decision for stricter measures, such as the mandatory use of a face mask in many indoor areas. This measure is expected to be extended, if we continue on this path," he added.
The government spokesperson said that there has been an increase in cases in recent days - especially in urban centers - and that the possibility of additional measures in places where people congregate, such as bars, is being considered. "It is something that the committee of experts is discussing, we don't have a recommendation yet. But it is something we are looking at and on which we await new proposals. The committee of experts will meet regularly in August. We will also have a meeting of the competent ministers and experts three times a week, under the prime minister, via a video conference, in order to constantly monitor the epidemiological data," he underlined.
Moreover, Petsas stated that a big source of concern was the non-observance of the measures on public transport. "That is why we will try to increase the number of routes. Staff leave scheduled for August is already being revoked, in order to increase the number of routes on buses, subways and trains and avoid overcrowding," he added.