Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras spoke about an "unprecedented crisis, which relates to life and health, but also to everyone's present and future," at the start of his speech on Thursday in Parliament.
Addressing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, he noted that many of the frontline workers that the premier now hailed as heroes in the crisis, he had previously seen as "surplus" civil servants.
The parliament debate on the government's policy and the measures taken to address the economic impact of coronavirus was held at a request of the prime minister.
Tsipras underlined that the management of the crisis "required and requires seriousness, responsibility and a new hierarchy of our priorities for all of us," while noting that ordinary citizens and those who fought and are still fighting on the frontline for the protection of human life, "found themselves far ahead of the political forces in this collective effort."
The opposition leader referred to all those who had "curtailed their individual freedoms" but also to those who shut themselves inside their homes for more than two months,with dramatically reduced incomes and heightened insecurity about the future.
"Others with heroism and self-denial did not stay at home but risked their own lives," he added, accusing the prime minister that the same workers that he now called heroes he had until recently considered "unnecessary public-sector employees".