Greece Unveils New Measures to Contain Spread of Coronavirus



The Greek government announced on Tuesday a new legislative act which contains five initial measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus into the country.

According to government spokesman Stelios Petsas, the first article of the act gives authorities the right to carry out checks at all entry points (including highways and train stations) and to place individuals presenting possible symptoms of the disease under restriction and medical surveillance.

The second article permits the transfer of ambulance, medical and other hospital staff to any part of the country where their presence may be needed, while the third sets guidelines allowing the state to purchase any and all appropriate medical items without having to go through the bidding process.

Article four of the legislation, Petsas said, will allow the Greek state to make use of private medical and accommodation facilities if the need should arise and the fifth bolsters economic support to the nation’s Health Ministry.