Greece has been a coronavirus success but will be hit economically anyway
But to the surprise of many here, Greece so far has avoided that dire scenario, emerging instead as an example of how even a vulnerable country can contain the virus if it moves quickly and persuades people to take the threat seriously.
“We showed our best self,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. “And this . . . fills us with pride, it arms us with more courage to keep fighting.”
While Mediterranean neighbor Italy continues to announce daily death tolls of about 500, Greece, with one-sixth the population, has never recorded a daily toll higher than nine. Its total death toll stands at 121, among 2,408 confirmed cases. The government has indicated that it will lift restrictions beginning in the first half of May.
“People thought that Greece’s health system wouldn’t be able to cope,” said Alexander Kentikelenis, a professor of political economy and sociology at Bocconi University, in Milan. He said the government responded quickly, aware of the potential problems, and the “good results gave people new hope.”
[Source: Washington Post]