COVID-19 : Greece extends the containment until may 4,

COVID-19 : la Grèce prolonge le confinement jusqu’au 4 mai

The Greek government has extended on Thursday until may 4, the containment generally imposed for one month to contain the outbreak of new coronavirus, with the only relaxation provided for a partial reopening of the courts as early as Monday.

Due to the ageing of its population and a health system weakened by a decade of financial crisis, Greece has imposed restrictions earlier than its european partners and is less affected by the pandemic: so far, 121 people dead and 2,400 cases have been officially registered.

“The déconfinement will be made in several successive phases during the months of may and June,” said Thursday the spokesperson for the government Stelios Petsas, pointing out that ” the impact on the health system will be evaluated week-to-week “.

“The restrictive measures, intended originally to end on April 27, will be extended until 4 may,” he said in his press conference.

From Monday, however, the office of land records will reopen and clerks of courts may work again, had announced earlier in the week, the spokesman said.

The first minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has to announce during the next week the different stages of exit of the containment, imposed on 23 march and which has brought the economic life of the country stopped.

Since that date, shops, archaeological sites, museums, hotels, entertainment centres, restaurants and cafes are closed. Only are open in supermarkets and pharmacies.

The reasons for authorizing a move are limited and all individuals must carry proof of justifying it. Significant fines are imposed in case of violation of the restrictions.

The authorities are commended on several occasions the measures are respected by the majority of citizens, despite the celebrations of the orthodox Easter on April 19, traditionally marked by an exodus of urban population to the countryside, rallies in churches and family gatherings.

This year, Easter has been celebrated on the balconies of apartments in the cities and the masses have taken place behind closed doors.

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