Greece's readiness is gaining worldwide recognition

In the last few days, international media have brought Greece to the forefront as an example to follow in terms of the country’s response to the COVID-19.

Ferdinando Giugliano, in his article titled “Greece Shows How to Handle the Crisis” published at the international news agency Bloomberg, praises Greece for its timely activation of state mechanisms to address the pandemic and points out how an otherwise afflicted country can be an example for others.

The Covid-19 epidemic has exposed poor leadership and governance worldwide. From Spain to the U.K. to the U.S., politicians have waited far too long before taking the dramatic steps needed to protect their citizens. Greece has been one noticeable — and perhaps surprising — exception to this trend.”

Given how quickly Greece responded to the outbreak, the country might be able to get back on its feet sooner than others».

The Guardian cites the exemplary treatment of the pandemic crisis by a country that had just begun to regain its strength after a long period of crisis with the article that features the title “How Greece is beating coronavirus despite a decade of debt published on 14/04/2020.

The Guardian’s reporter Helena Smith states in her article that “The country’s ability to cope with a public health emergency of such proportions was not a given” and goes on to explain what was the key point that made the difference for Greece:

What is increasingly being seen as textbook crisis management, even by political foes, has been attributed as much to prioritising science over politics as to a managerial approach that focused on what the 51-year-old prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has described as “state-sensitivity, co-ordination, resolve and swiftness

Eric Reguly, in his article “Greece learned from Italy’s and Spain’s mistakes and used rapid response to keep its virus deaths low” posted at The Globe and Mail Canadian Newspaper, highlights the oxymoronic reality that brings Greece first in relation to larger and better equipped European countries.

Yet today, two months after the pandemic hit the continent, Greece, so far, has been spared the disasters that have hit Italy, Spain, Britain and other European countries.

Greece was able to keep its death count down by listening to its scientists and moving much faster than most other countries to lock down the economy. The government had ample political support to do so.

The Aljazeera news features an article of John Psaropoulos, an independent journalist, titledCoronavirus accelerates Greece's overdue digital revolutionin which he pinpoints how the pandemic crisis has brought the hasty implementation of electronic procedures that have been on the Greek government’s agenda for months:

“Pandemic has forced Greek government, businesses and consumers to rapidly embrace online platforms...A very large chunk of the marketplace is now being educated by the crisis”

Early lockdown and more intensive care beds have helped avoid a crisis Katy Fallon reports from Athens in her article “How Greece managed to flatten the curve” published on the Independent's web page. In her article, she demonstrates how the rapid reaction of Greece in taking strict measures has slowed down the virus spread throughout the country and prevented the health system's collapse.

"Greece imposed a full lockdown on 23 March, much earlier than many of its European neighbours, having closed bars and restaurants a week earlier. As a result, the country has not seen the same levels of coronavirus as has been recorded in Italy, France and Spain"

At the same time, she applauds the responsibility and discipline of the Greeks in adhering to the measures.

"The streets are pretty well deserted here. Someone commented that it’s a surprise Greeks have been so disciplined but really, it’s not. When you say hello in Greek you say ‘health’, when you say goodbye you say ‘health'."

The first country I'll visit after coronavirus? There's no contest, is the title of the article by the digital travel editor Oliver Smith published on the online version of the British daily newspaper “The Telegraph”. He refers to the first travel trip he plans to make after the end of the COVID-19 crisis and explains why Greece is the ideal destination:

My dream destination is a place where Britons are always welcomed with open arms, where the sun always shines, and which doesn’t involve a long flight. What I want is unspoilt island life, unpretentious food and accommodation, quiet beaches, walks through green, mountainous interiors, and a complete removal from the stresses of modern life.

If 35 years of travelling has taught me anything, it’s that one country above all provides ample helpings of these key ingredients: Greece.