Greek Health Minister Rules Out Another Lockdown

ATHENS – Rumours of a lockdown circulating on the internet, whether local or general, or about changes to working hours or a shut down of schools, have nothing to do with the government’s intentions, Health Minister Thanos Plevris clarified on Tuesday, speaking to SKAI TV.

“At this time the philosophy of the measures has only to do with the protection of the unvaccinated. If more measures are necessary, these will be along the lines of the measures already announced and will concern restricted access to various locations or the possibility that access will be given with tracking and testing for the unvaccinated,” he said.

“Schools will remain open and infections in schools are currently much lower than forecast,” Plevris added.

Regarding the state’s request to private doctors to assist in the treatment of patients with Covid-19, Plevris said that the medical associations are being informed so that, if there is no response to the invitation, the government will be able to proceed with the requisitioning of doctors’ services.

“We hope that it won’t be needed and the doctors will come forward voluntarily,” he said, adding that “because our national health system is pressed and specific specialists are missing, if there is not an immediate response to the request, by which I mean within the current week, and the positions or some of them are not filled, we will resort to requisitioning. Take note, I am referring to areas which are under pressure, not generally. I believe that with the cooperation of the medical associations and the planning of the regional health units, we will resolve the problem.”


ATHENS - A deadly earthquake in Turkey, a deadly train collision in Greece and both Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing tough re-election challenges in May elections has brought a caesura in tensions - for now.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.