With the holiday season drawing to a close amid a surge in coronavirus infections, opening schools has become the latest challenge for the government in Athens.
The steady clip at which coronavirus cases are being recorded in Greece is posing not only a public health challenge for the government, but also a political one.
Greece is going to tap into its considerable cash reserves to fund some of the economic support measures the government will roll out this autumn as New Democracy tries to avoid increasing the country’s public debt further.
A wide-ranging interview with Christiane Amanpour gave Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis the opportunity to lay out his government’s position on a number of key issues, including the ongoing tension with Turkey, migration policy, and recent developments on the Covid-19 front.
Greek authorities are said to have set a milestone this Friday to decide whether additional measures will be required to halt a surge in Covid-19 cases related to travel during the peak of the holiday season.
Greek authorities are adopting yet more measures aimed at containing the coronavirus as part of their evolving response to the latest outbreak of the disease, which shows no signs of abating.
As new Covid-19 infections continue to emerge in Greece and concerns grow about the economic impact of the pandemic, SYRIZA has ramped up its criticism of the government on the healthcare front, as well as on the issues raised by the Pissarides report on economic reform.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made his first public intervention in the Aegean dispute with Turkey on Wednesday as the threat from a growing coronavirus outbreak at home escalated.
As it scrambles to deal with the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the government has come under pressure for its handling of flash floods on the island of Evia over the weekend, which resulted in eight deaths.
The new, and promoted, members of Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s cabinet were sworn in on Wednesday after the first, and minimal, reshuffle since New Democracy came to power.