At the same time, he cut off all talk of relaxing the measures during the holidays. As he said, the imposition of tougher measures in areas where the epidemiological picture does not improve, while as he stressed, relaxation of the measures would send the wrong message to the citizens.
“We have noticed all this time that in some peripheral units either the cases do not fall as much as we would like, they fall slowly or we have small flares from time to time. In such areas, to which Mr. Kikilias will refer in the afternoon, if the cases persist high and the pressure in the hospitals continues to be high, then we will have no choice but to take even tougher measures for a certain period of time. ” , said Mr. Petsas speaking on the radio of Parapolitikon.
According to the government spokesman, the government as a whole is not considering any scenario of relaxation of the measures until January 7, because as he emphasized: “The relaxation would be a wrong signal in what we have in front of us to face. We have a risk to face. “The danger is that we will trigger a third wave, which is very dangerous.”
As Mr. Petsas noted, in the period until January 7, the first goal is not to disrupt the downward trend that is recorded and re-emit a signal of compliance with the measures.
“If we can do that and I repeat, it depends entirely on our behavior during the holidays, then there is no reason to extend it, at least with the data we have in front of us,” the government spokesman said.
Asked if there will be any relaxation of the measures during the holiday season, he replied: “There is no case of relaxation, there is a case of hardening. Relaxation is a wrong signal. When we want to be more relaxed in the holiday season when we are all forced to behave, it would be a wrong signal of what we have to face.
We have to face a very big risk, and that risk is not to follow the measures, to trigger a third wave which is a very dangerous wave as the health system is under as much pressure as people are under pressure. all too much. So we do not give any signal of relaxation, but hardening can give. We have observed all this time during the implementation of Lockdown measures in various parts of the country that in some regional units either the cases do not fall as much as we would like, or they fall slowly or we have small flares.
Unfortunately we see this in the last few days in certain areas, in such cases if the cases persist high, the pressure on the health system high then we will have no choice but to take even tougher measures for a certain period of time during the weeks. coming by January 7th. At a local level more severe (lockdown) “.
Asked if West Attica is among the areas that concern them and if there is a possibility of imposing a total lockdown, he said: “At the moment, no, but there are areas such as the regional unit of Kozani that worries us. We see the evidence that instead of falling imports, they are increasing for example in Ptolemaida or in the hospital of Kozani, that says something. For this signal it is not relaxation, possibly hardening locally if needed, I hope not needed. It will be proved whether it is necessary or not by our behavior “.
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