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As people in Greece count their fourth stay-at-home week, they are starting to realize that the social distancing conditions may last longer than they had imagined. In this unprecedented situation, personal choice has a higher significance than governmental rules. The role of the individual as part of a group has never been more evident and more crucial.
Greece's leftist opposition is calling for growth-minded, or what is sometimes described as "front-heavy," measures to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.
However, at this point in time, no one quite knows what the starting point is in order to be able to define what lies before and what lies after, back and front.
Markets and all EU member-states, especially those in Southern Europe which like Greece seek some form of mutualisation of debt have been focusing like a laser beam on today's Eurogroup meeting and analysts expect joint action to help prop up the economies of member states - possibly including even so-called coronabonds.
As Greece enters its third week in lockdown, the first glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel has appeared, according to government spokesman Stelios Petsas, who told reporters on Monday that it is up to the people to remain responsible.
"It's up to us if we are to enjoy the first results in May of our responsible attitude by staying home in April," he told reporters Monday.
Everyone know that in football the match is over when the referee blows the whistle.
In the battle against the coronavirus pandemic we are still at the beginning and that is why any loosening of restrictive measures or complacency is impermissible.
Let us keep that in mind as officials discuss how and when the measures will be gradually lifted.
Hospital doctors have staged protests around Greece to press demands for the government to hire additional medical staff and use more resources from the private sector.
Doctors and other staff members led the silent demonstrations Tuesday at the front entrance of Greece's largest hospital in central Athens, wearing surgical and protective gear.