The assurance that the country will not close again with a general lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic was given by the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during the press conference within the framework of the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair.

Answering a question regarding the uncertainty due to the pandemic in the coming months and whether it will affect measures, the Prime Minister said that the public health protection measures will continue to apply and that we will have the masks with us for a long time to come.

Also, Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that the government will insist on the many tests and the strategy of vaccinations, emphasizing that – without being able to rule out anything – it is not in its intentions to extend the obligation of vaccinations. “I can not rule it out. At the moment it is not in my intentions”, he noted characteristically.

Regarding the course of the economy, he said that he feels safe with the forecast for growth of 5.9% in 2021. “This is the minimum level of growth that we can achieve in 2021”, while for the measures he announced that they follow an overall strategy of government to create wealth and distribute it fairly.

He also stressed that “we are not done with the pandemic” but stressed that the degree of uncertainty has nothing to do with the possible restriction of economic activity and noted that “the country will not close again as whatever happens there will be no restriction of economic activity “.

Appeal to parents and children for vaccination

The opening of the schools, as well as the vaccination of children 12 years and older, was also mentioned by the Prime Minister.

As he said, “schools will open tomorrow, they will open with more teachers”, while answering the question whether it is possible to close schools again due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister replied that “our intention is to keep the schools open”.

“Schools open tomorrow, I believe in a different educational environment. With more autonomy and more teachers. Our intention is for the schools to remain open. We have clear protocols but I am not in a position to predict the course of the pandemic. We need to increase vaccination rates in children. I appeal to the parents. We give our children 17 vaccines. This is the 18th “he said characteristically.

“It is certain that we need to increase vaccination rates in children over the age of 12,” he said, calling on parents and older children to be vaccinated.

” 8 out of 10 teachers are fully vaccinated”

At the same time, he stressed that 8 out of 10 teachers are vaccinated. “I find it encouraging that 8 out of 10 teachers are vaccinated. We did not go to the mandatory vaccination of teachers like other countries”, he underlined.

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