Hospital doctors have staged protests around Greece to press demands for the government to hire additional medical staff and use more resources from the private sector.
“Everyone’s talking about the surgical masks,” I tell my mom over the phone. It’s February, a few days before the first confirmed cases of Covid-19 will appear in Greece, but there’s already a debate going on: who should wear masks?
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday wished a “speedy and full recovery” to his British counterpart, Boris Johnson. “In these difficult times, the world stands united in the fight against Covid-19,” Mitsotakis said in a post on Twitter.
Stricter restrictive measures have been imposed on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini in a bid to prevent a spread of Covid-19 in the two popular holiday destinations.
Leftist opposition SYRIZA on Monday presented a 10-point plan to shield the economy from the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, drawing on funds from the cash buffer left over from Greece’s bailout, and European Union and European Central Bank resources.
Dr George Nerantzakis (left) and Will Vanderwall, a physician assistant, prepare to perform a procedure for a patient stricken with the coronavirus at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, last week. With the New York death toll already topping 4,000 people, the hospital has been hit hard by the crisis and an estimated one third of medical staff have been put in quarantine. A watchdog report warned Monday that US hospitals, where many Greek-American doctors like Nerantzakis work, were struggling to maintain and expand capacity to treat infected patients. [Victor J. Blue/The New York Times]
The disastrous impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is pushing Europe towards an existential crossroads. In defining the measures to respond to the crisis, two opposite blocks are forming.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday sent a message of support to Greeks in the United States, where the coronavirus death toll has surpassed 10,000 and infections have risen to nearly 400,000.
President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Tuesday published a video on social media hailing the efforts of Greek scientists, researchers, doctors, nurses and paramedics doing battle against the coronavirus pandemic in Greece and other parts of the world.