As of the latest update by the Greek authorities yesterday evening, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 diagnosed cases in Greece is 2,626. One infected patient died yesterday pushing the death toll to 144. 37 patients are intubated in intensive care units, while 78 patients have left the intensive care unit.
The easing of the lockdown measures begins today with the opening of small retail stores and hairdressers and the free movement of people within the prefecture of their permanent residence.
Management and staff at the country’s biggest hospitals met last Wednesday to discuss the gradual return to a pre-coronavirus rate of activity, with most planning to resume postponed operations from next week. As of today, Greek hospital doctors are to resume non-emergency operations and afternoon outpatient appointments which had been suspended amid the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Morning outpatient appointments are expected to resume the week after, from May 11.
GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT MEASURES
As the Greek economy struggles to get back on the road to recovery in tandem with the gradual lifting of the lockdown starting on Monday, the government has announced an array of measures, including a one-month extension of the 40 percent discount on commercial and residential properties rented by parties affected by the pandemic and loans to 90,000 businesses to the tune of 1 billion euros.
Regarding the rent reductions, they will also apply for companies that start operating again on Monday and gradually over the month, as they will also be considered affected parties.
Regarding the state loan to some 90,000 businesses totaling 1 billion euros, the government announced Thursday that they will be made under particularly favorable terms with an interest rate of below 1 percent, and a grace period of 19 months before the first installment is paid.