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KKE: Gov’t Creates False Impression that Islands Will Be Protected from the Pandemic

ATHENS – "The government with its announcements for the assumption of supposedly emergency measures, is trying to reassure islanders and those working in tourism and catering. It seeks to create a false impression that the islands will be protected from the pandemic, despite the fact that the tourists who visit them will not be subjected to any real, precautionary medical screening and without the implementation of the necessary systematic and universal measures in aeroplanes and ships," said the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in an announcement on Friday.

"The reality is completely different and the government must assume its responsibilities. The risk of large-scale incidents of the epidemic appearing on the islands is very high while the means of protection and management remain insufficient or nonexistent. The shortages in hospitals and health centres are tragic and these facilities can't cover the needs of the islanders in the winter let alone the increased needs of the tourist period in conditions of pandemic".

KKE demanded, among others, the immediate hiring of permanent staff at all health structures on the islands, effective testing and screening at major tourist units and tourist zones and destinations, on tourists, workers and residents, precautionary screening of those arriving on the islands and the large-scale release of refugees and migrants that live in overcrowded, terrible conditions in the island hotspots.

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