Greek Health Minister Thanos Plevris also said that the military will also help with testing for the new coronavirus. According to him, another 50 free test sites will be set up near the barracks. The government has taken such a step as a result of the long ranks that have been made in front of pharmacies for testing.
The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that it had decided by January 23 extend epidemiological restrictions on bars and restaurants. In particular, there is a limited number of customers who can sit at one table and also a ban on playing music in these establishments.
The Greek healthcare system has been facing increasing pressure in recent weeks for the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus variant omicron. Since the beginning of the new year, there have been 20,000 to 50,000 cases of the disease in this country every day.
The Greek government has thus decided to call to state hospitals approximately 90 doctors employed in private institutions. These are mainly anesthesiologists and lung specialists, according to the DPA agency. Starting on Thursday, they started working in state hospitals, mostly in the north of Greece.
Already in November, the government called dozens of doctors from private hospitals to the state health facilities in Thessaloniki. Such a step is made possible by the 2020 legislation, which was created in response to the scale of the epidemic in the country. In accordance with this law, there is a risk of sanctions against doctors who would refuse such a transfer.