It hasn’t worked twice so Greece’s New Democracy government is taking another shot at hoping extending a COVID-19 lockdown another week, to at least Jan. 18, will help bring the pandemic under control.
The second lockdown since March of 2019 began Nov. 7 for a month, then was pushed back another month, and now again after more lenient terms and allowing churches to open for Epiphany Day celebrations has brought worries of a spike.
Kindergartens and elementary schools will reopen Jan. 11 although at least one official on the government’s advisory health panel said it might not be safe and that the Coronavirus could spread in the classrooms.
The government received only about 95,000 doses of the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine instead of the millions expected but said it still hopes to have some 2.2 million shots through the early part of this year.
The Civil Aviation Authority also announced an extension to the flight ban from Turkey and Spain’s Catalonia region until Jan. 21, as well as the ban on arrivals for non-EU citizens except those from the UK, Singapore, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.