Greece has introduced mandatory weekly testing for all non-vaccinated workers as it struggles to boost vaccination rates that are behind the EU average
ATHENS, Greece – Greece on Monday introduced mandatory weekly testing for all unvaccinated workers as it struggles to boost vaccination rates that are behind the EU average.
Public and private sector workers must pay for weekly tests or carry vaccination certificates to gain access to their workplace, while high schools, which reopened on Monday, have tests distributed at government expense. Kits are being given.
Similar restrictions would apply to sports stadiums, museums and archaeological sites, as well as indoor leisure areas such as cinemas and restaurants.
Last year the lockdown pushed the economy into recession, with 2020 output shrinking by 8.2%. Government officials say the country cannot afford to halt economic activity for the second year.
“At the moment, the pandemic (in Greece) is showing signs of de-escalation, so the measures are working,” Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis told private Sky television.
“Unfortunately this de-escalation is accompanied by the death of our fellow citizens who are without vaccination. It makes me sad to know that these people could have survived, but they fell victim to conspiracy theories.”