A woman is tested for coronavirus symptoms at Piraeus port as ferry services got back into full swing on Monday morning. Service resumed to all Greek island and mainland ports as part of the fourth phase of the government’s plan to gradually bring the country out of a nationwide lockdown imposed in March to curb the spread of Covid-19. Health measures on all ships include strict physical distancing while all passengers must complete a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken. The lifting of the ban, however, does not include ferries sailing between Greece and Italy, which are expected to resume on June 1 if coronavirus infections and deaths in Italy continue to drop over the coming days. [Tzamaros Panayiotis/ Intime News]
The extension of the border fence across the Evros River will continue and will be completed, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias insisted to Kathimerini a few days after a series of demarches were exchanged between Greece and Turkey regarding a patch in the river’s southern part.
The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) on Tuesday issued an alert warning of powerful storms in many parts of the Greek mainland, as well as in the eastern Peloponnese, Crete and the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean.
Greece is going to battle it out with Spain and Portugal to attract the biggest possible share of tourists from major markets this summer, especially Germany, as the big German tour operators have started aggressively promoting packages to Greece and the Balearics.
One person was killed and two were injured in a crash involving a civilian motorcycle and a van belonging to the Hellenic Police (ELAS) in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) said on Tuesday.
Police in Athens are investigating whether a spate of arson attacks on “establishment” targets and a fight involving members of a soccer fan club may be part of an effort by organized anarchist groups to establish new turf in other parts of the city center after being ousted from the downtown district of Exarchia.
An expert in infectious diseases on Tuesday expressed concern over what he described as an “overly relaxed” attitude towards the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks in Greece, warning that the situation could deteriorate fast.
Doctors, nurses and paramedics on the Greek islands will be receiving special training geared at dealing with coronavirus-related emergencies ahead of the relaunch of the tourism season next month.
Infrastructure Minister Kostas A. Karamanlis said on Monday that the operation of the metro system being built in Thessaloniki may be conceded to a private entity.
A convicted serial rapist released early from a half-century prison term was under police guard in hospital on the Greek resort island of Corfu Monday after suffering severe injuries trying to evade arrest on new rape charges.