Athens, 13 July 2021 (dpa/MIA) — In Greece, only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are to be allowed to eat inside restaurants and enter indoor cultural institutions, the prime minister said on Monday, as part of government plans to encourage take-up of the jab.
Vaccination is also to be made mandatory for those working in the health sector or caring for the elderly, who otherwise may be exempted from work, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
“We will not close the country again because of the attitude of some,” Mitsotakis told state television.
Of patients currently in intensive care units, “99 percent are not vaccinated,” Mitsotakis said in justification.
Like other countries, he said that Greece faces the dual threat from the more-transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19 and people who are not vaccinated.
“In this context, it is not Greece that is at risk, but those who are not vaccinated,” Mitsotakis said.
He said vaccination would also be mandatory for military conscripts in the future.
Case numbers have surged dramatically in Greece in the 10 days since rules were broadly relaxed.
The spread of the virus is mainly due to nightlife and young people partying, according to scientists.
Greece recently reported a 14-day incidence rate of 70 – the number of new cases per 100,000 people in two weeks.