Hardalias: What Must Be Clear Is that COVID-19 Is still out There

ATHENS — "What needs to be clear is that the virus is still out there. It is declining, but we have to be careful. There is only one 'antidote', only one answer to the virus: Each of us must do what we have to in relation to our personal protection and follow the instructions, if necessary," Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said on Tuesday.

Asked whether the government is considering ordering a lockdown in some areas, he replied: "These are all scenarios. There are protocols say what you must do in each case. We use algorithms almost every day … At the moment we are in a phase where we never discuss horizontal scenarios and we always talk about supra-local scenarios."

Regarding the cases in Echinos, Xanthi and the possibility of restrictive measures there, Hardalias said that "it is something that concerns us."

He stressed that he is in contact with the local authorities and clarified that there are no more cases, but cases that emerge successively. "We now have a complete picture of the spatial information and together with the local authorities we will take minor or major measures, without concern, so that we can have a more large-scale and global view on the virus' progress in the region," he said.



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