China News Service, April 24, according to the Greek "Greek Times" report, at 18:00 on April 23 local time, the Greek Ministry of Health announced that 55 new cases of new coronary pneumonia were confirmed on that day. At present, the country has a total of 2463 confirmed cases and 125 deaths People, 52 severe cases.
Most of the confirmed cases on the 23rd came from refugee groups. Although the overall epidemic situation in Greece has slowed down, it must not be taken lightly. The local Chinese-language media reminded the overseas Chinese to strictly abide by the government ban. Even if the "unblocking" was done, it could not be relaxed. The home stayed away from home, disinfected, and worked hard to overcome the epidemic!
Greek government spokesman Pesas announced at a press conference on the 23rd that the government decided to extend the period of application of various restrictive measures in response to the new coronary pneumonia epidemic from April 27 to May 4.
He also said that the new plan on how to gradually lift the restrictions will be officially announced by Prime Minister Mizotakis earlier next week. The Greek government has made it clear many times before that the lifting of the ban will be level-by-level and item-by-item. According to different standards, social activities will return to normal gradually.
Although the World Health Organization recommends that the content of the ban be issued every two weeks, the Greek government is still considering shortening this interval to one week, because the Greek economy needs to be restarted urgently.
It is worth noting that in order to curb the rebound of the epidemic, it does not exclude the possibility that the government will add additional restrictive measures like Easter during the May Day holiday. Pesas mentioned: "The process of restoring social normalization will continue from May to June. At each stage of lifting the ban, the health of the people will be evaluated and adjusted accordingly."
At present, the most intense discussion among health experts is the issue of school reopening. Some experts agree that schools should be opened as soon as possible, while others believe that kindergartens and elementary schools should continue to be closed, because young children cannot better observe the hygiene rules and maintain social distance. Some experts suggested that the school be opened gradually from May 25 to June 1, while extending the school year. The university can be opened in September.
According to the current situation, it is expected that from May 4th, small shops, hair salons and beauty salons will open for business. After May 20, large shopping malls are expected to reopen. The reopening of cafes, bars and restaurants is scheduled to take place from May 25 to June 5.
On the premise of maintaining a safe distance, the beach is expected to open again in early June, when the swimming ban will be lifted.
The hotel's opening time is expected in June. The opening will be divided into two phases: First, hotels open all year round may open on June 15th, while seasonal hotels may open on July 1st.
Under the epidemic situation, the working and living conditions of the overseas Chinese are always the matters of most concern to the embassy in Greece. On April 22, Zhang Qiyue, Chinese ambassador to Greece, held a video conference with representatives of overseas Chinese living in various parts of Greece to gain an in-depth understanding of the situation of overseas Chinese.
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue said that since the outbreak of the epidemic, the vast number of overseas Chinese compatriots responded to the call of the Greek government and embassy, effectively abided by the local government's prevention and control regulations, and strictly adopted various prevention and control measures, which was highly recognized by the Greek government and the people.
The health and well-being of the vast number of overseas Chinese has always been the biggest concern of the embassy. By uniting with the Greek government to fight against the epidemic, the embassy has effectively consolidated Sino-Greek relations, further enhanced mutual trust between the two countries, and created a better environment for overseas Chinese to work and live in Greece. The embassy actively took various measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of overseas Chinese.
Zhang Qiyue said that the current epidemic situation in Greece is still developing and changing. With the control of the epidemic, the Greek government may gradually lift the current epidemic prevention and control measures.
Overseas Chinese representatives from Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Santorini introduced the local epidemic situation and their living conditions respectively, thanking the embassy for their care and love for the overseas Chinese in Greece. They said that the embassy's timely and effective epidemic prevention and control recommendations and solid and detailed epidemic prevention work have made overseas Chinese feel at ease. Ambassador Zhang Qiyue held this video conference in a critical moment when the Greek epidemic situation entered, which further strengthened the confidence of the overseas Chinese and the Chinese people to unite to defeat the epidemic situation. The overseas Chinese will continue to follow the recommendations of the Greek government and embassy, strictly control various measures, maintain a good health attitude, reasonably arrange working life, and at the same time do their utmost to give back to the local society, and finally achieve the victory of the "epidemic" and promote Sino-Greek relations Make greater contributions to development.
At present, the epidemic prevention and control measures have achieved significant results, but everyone still needs to keep a high degree of attention. Local Chinese media reminded overseas Chinese in Greece to be persistent and not to be taken lightly. In daily life, they should try to maintain appropriate social distance with others, in particular, they should reduce the amount of going out and avoid social activities such as dinners or gatherings to reduce the chance of contacting infected people.