Greek PM Mitsotakis Asks to Continue Credible Information on Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

ATHENS – A meeting on the spread of coronavirus was held on Thursday with the participation of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, the president of the National Organisation for Public Health, Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, and infectious diseases expert Prof. Sotiris Tsiodras.

During the meeting, the participants assessed the situation and the measures taken. According to sources, they stressed the need to emphasise in every possible way the individual responsibility of citizens to follow health and hygiene rules and advice, in addition to the government’s determination for proactive prevention measures.

The prime minister asked for the continuation of a campaign to provide timely and reliable information to the public, which began from the first moment of the outbreak. He also asked those present to examine whether and what further action is needed to contain the spread of the virus, as provided for in a recent Act of Legislative Content. At the same time, the health ministry’s information campaign will continue.

It is noted that the legislative act contains five basic articles:

The first article deals with measures to prevent, monitor and limit the spread of the disease.

The second article deals with personnel issues to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The third article deals with direct public procurement of sanitary and personal protection supplies and medicines.

The fourth article deals with the mandatory disposal to the State of beds in private clinics and hospitals, beds in Intensive Care Units, hotels, private housing service properties, public properties or property owned by public-sector-law legal entities.

The fifth article concerns the emergency financing to the Health Ministry to cover the extraordinary needs for the recruitment of medical, nursing and healthcare staff, to purchase materials and take protection measures.


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