Greek economy won’t close again because of COVID-19, PM says

ATHENS, July 4 (Reuters) – Greece’s economy would not close again because of the coronavirus pandemic if it was just to protect an unvaccinated minority, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a newspaper interview released on Sunday.

Greece has fared well in the first wave of the COVID-19 last year. But a resurgence in COVID-19 infections has forced the country to impose lockdown restrictions since November which have cost many billions of euros to an economy slowly emerging from a decade-long crisis.

Greece has been easing restrictions as infections fall, but concerns are rising about the spread of the more contagious Delta variant.

With about 35% of its 11 million population fully inoculated, the government last week offered young people cash and phone data to boost vaccination rates.

“When we imposed across-the-board measures, there were no vaccines,” Mitsotakis told Kathimerini newspaper. “We do have vaccines now.”

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