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Hardalias: Not a Show of Resistance or Machismo to Defy Rules of Public Health

ATHENS – Greece is continuing efforts to break the chain of Covid-19 infections, as the danger is still lurking, Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said on Thursday, stressing the importance of avoiding a return to lockdown conditions.

He was speaking at the daily briefing on coronavirus developments in Greece, in which he is joined by Health Ministry task force spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras.

Commenting on group gatherings at several squares in the Athens metropolitan area, he said that every citizen has a personal responsibility to respect other people and protect the health of friends and family. Defying the measures and requiring police intervention does not equal "a show of resistance or machismo," he added.

As an example of the virus's infectiousness he cited the case of a single person infecting another nine at a military hospital in the Athens area. Greece has avoided going through the tragedy of a high number of deaths from Covid-19, he underlined, thanks to orderly moves.

"We achieved our goal, we created a line of defense, let's not make the mistake of believing we have won the battle," he pointed out.

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