Greece fared higher than richer nations through the pandemic due to funding in well being infrastructure and an early closing of borders, the nation’s prime minister mentioned on Tuesday.
The EU member state managed to keep away from the complete impact of the pandemic’s first wave, Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed a web based convention on well being safety.
He acknowledged that avoiding the influence of the second outbreak was not doable. “But the federal government did put money into its nationwide well being system, and fared higher than richer nations,” he mentioned.
Mitsotakis famous that delays in vaccination rollouts had been induced “on the EU degree”, however added that he felt “proud that the EU managed to acquire vaccines on behalf of all its member states”.
He mentioned that Greece’s monetary disaster final decade had made the nation extra resilient. “Greece went by way of lots in earlier years, however our democracy got here out stronger.”
The prime minister added that Greece had a plan for the secure reopening of its tourism sector, utilizing self-diagnostic checks and digital vaccination certificates.
The nation’s parliament handed a invoice introducing a Covid-19 digital certificates by a broad majority on Tuesday.
Greece recorded 1,339 new infections the identical day, in response to the Nationwide Public Well being Group.
For the reason that begin of the pandemic, Greece has recognized greater than 400,000 infections and recorded greater than 12,000 deaths.
The nation will quickly be included within the UK “green list” of locations the place journey is permitted, Kate Smith, British ambassador, informed a tourism webinar.
Greece is now on the “amber record”, which signifies that Britons are suggested to not journey there.
In the event that they do, passengers should pay for not less than three Covid-19 checks — earlier than flying, and two and eight days after — and should quarantine on their return for 10 days, except additionally they pay for a fourth take a look at to get out early.