Greece to follow France’s lockdown model

A woman, wearing a protective face mask, enters a metro station in Athens, Greece. [PA-EFE/YANNIS KOLESIDIS]

If the COVID-19 cases continue to exceed 1,500 daily by next Sunday, then the Greek government will most probably adopt a France-style quarantine, according to government sources.

The government and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis want to avoid a total lockdown fearing the implications on the already ailing economy.

Three regions in northern Greece, including Thessaloniki, are now in the red zone. On Wednesday, 1,547 cases were recorded most of them in the regions of Attica and Thessaloniki.

Chief epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras said a total lockdown was the “last resort”.

However, he left the door open for a total lockdown if the situation gets out of control.

“The personal choices of each of us will play a critical role,” he said. (Sarantis Michalopoulos |

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