Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced another strict lockdown until the end of the month in Athens and the Attica region. The increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 in these areas has set off alarms in the Government.
Every day there are fifteen new admissions in the UCIS, which already register 70% occupancy.
“From Thursday to February 28, restrictive measures will increase in Attica,” said Mitsotakis. “It will close the retail trade and from now on all educational levels will operate remotely. The experience of the first wave of the pandemic and the lockdown after the Christmas holidays shows that the sooner the restrictions are implemented, the sooner they will be lifted.”
The despair of the merchants
The new confinement causes anger and frustration among businessmen in the Greek capital.
Dimitra Syrigou had reopened her clothing store a few weeks ago and is now forced to close again. He complains that no one cares about his problems. And that both she and her family feel totally defenseless.
“The whole market has been tragically affected. The state has not offered us any substantial help. And now they shut us down again. What can we do? Nothing really … We will just stay locked in our houses. I wonder if We will be able to overcome this situation. We will see if our businesses will be the next to close definitively. “
Fed up and worry
We find this bitter feeling all over Athens. People believe that mistakes have been made in managing the pandemic. Many fear losing their jobs in this restart with restrictions.
“This is really difficult. We have all been under a lot of pressure for a long time. We will stay at home, we have no choice. Anyway, I think these measures should have been taken before, immediately after the summer to avoid this situation,” comments a woman.
“We see how the same scenario of strict measures is repeated over and over again and people are getting tired. Of course, we are worried about work. We all see the economy going from bad to worse,” laments a young man.
“After almost a year, restrictions are again imposed on Athenians. Citizens’ patience is running out as they realize that the pandemic is an adversity that will last much longer,” says Euronews reporter Apostolos. Staikos.