According to a poll conducted in early April by the television channel Skai, 82% of Greeks interviewed approve of the Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
Greece was at a significant disadvantage at the start of the epidemic, as its healthcare system had suffered from 10 years of austerity measures and an aging population (22% of the population is over 65 years old). The government thus took drastic measures as soon as the first cases appeared to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the country and to prepare hospitals in advance. Citizens immediately subscribed to this quick decision-making process and the vast majority of them complied with the confinement orders, even during the Orthodox Easter celebrations, the biggest religious observance in the country during which believers usually attend church and have family gatherings. Fines, which started at 150 euros for all non-authorized movement, were also a significant deterrent.