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SYRIZA Former Finance Chief Says Greece’s COVID-19 Data Not Accurate

December 14, 2020

ATHENS – Former finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos of the major opposition SYRIZA said the New Democracy government has been fudging the number of COVID-19 cases as the leftists picked up their verbal assault on the government’s handling of the pandemic.

With a second wave still overtaking the country despite a second – more lenient – lockdown, Tsakalotos said Finance Minister Christos Staikouras has been twisting the data.

Tsakalotos said Greece also is near the bottom of the list in the European Union for spending programs to deal with the Coronavirus despite receiving 32 billion euros ($38.87 billion) in loans and grants.

He spoke after Staikouras said that Greece is 19th in spending among the 27 member states, leading Tsakalotos to say that it’s because “quite simply other countries have not updated their data.”

Tsakalotos didn’t provide any specifics for his allegations that came as the number of cases, deaths and people in public hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU’s) and ventilators remains stubbornly high during another lockdown that’s not set to lift until at least Jan. 7, 2021.

The government said that as of Dec. 13, when there were 693 more cases and 85 deaths that the totals had risen to 124,534 infections and 3,625 fatalities, the government deciding against easing of the lockdown during the Christmas to Epiphany Day on Jan. 6, 2021.

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