PM Mitsotakis Declares ”We Are at War, Stay Safe, Stay at Home”



Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Greek PM’s Press Office

In a new wartime-like televised address to the nation, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed the public about the latest emergency measures taken by the government to cope with the unprecedented lockdown the country is in due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Greek Premier said emphatically that ”we are at war with an invisible enemy, but an enemy that is not invincible.”

Mitsotakis spoke about two different moral approaches in this global pandemic.

The first one, he said, puts the economy first, ”which will have to be assisted no matter how many victims we have.”

The Prime Minister indirectly referred to the United Kingdom’s approach and its controversial ”herd immunity” strategy, saying that this approach ”puts numbers above humans.”

”The second one,” the Greek Premier stated, ”is the one that puts the health of our societies first, no matter what the cost.”

”The next days will be difficult, they will even be a nightmare. Our economy has to become an economy of wartime,” Mitsotakis said in an emotionally-charged address.

The Prime Minister also said that he deeply desires that each and every Greek citizen stay healthy.

”My first priority is the human. Every Greek male, every Greek female, every Greek child,” the Premier said.

”I will take any responsibility (to protect) their lives and their health,” he declared.

The Greek Premier announced an immediate sum of two billion euros to assist those businesses most affected and announced that the relative ministries will specify the assistance measures tomorrow.

Among them will be salaries of closed companies being paid by the state, as well as cancellation of all tax and social security contributions for certain months and certain businesses.

He also mentioned the EU’s decision to lift the prerequisite for a 3.5-percent primary surplus from Greece for this year.

He also mentioned the private hospitals that the Greek state has now taken under public control to help the National Health System, and thanked all the country’s medical staff, ”the heroes in the white and green scrubs.”

Concluding his address to the nation, Mitsotakis urged people to stay safe — by staying at home.

”We will make it. We, the Greeks, will emerge once again victorious!” he declared.