NEWS


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NEWS

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Operating Officer, David Marchick, spoke on Wednesday with Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis on new opportunities to expand DFC’s work in Greece under the Joen Biden administration, according to a DFC press release.

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PANDEMIC

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said on Wednesday that 90 pct of intensive care units for Covid-19 in Attica are occupied, as the region is observing the highest epidemiological burden in the country.


People queue outside the town hall in Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, Wednesday, to conduct rapid tests for the COVID-19. Greek health authorities have reported an abrupt spike in new confirmed COVID-19 infections. A total 2,147 new infections were recorded Tuesday, up from 880 a day earlier, and brought the total for the country of about 10.5 million to just over 180,000. [Harry Nakos/AP]
PANDEMIC

The regional unit of Arcadia in the central Peloponnese will join other regions in adopting tougher restrictions on movement as of Thursday as infections recorded in the area spiked in the last seven days, the General Secretariat of Civil Protection announced on Wednesday.




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POLITICS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued with his incendiary rhetoric against Greece with a reference to the violent expulsion of Smyrna’s Christian population by the Turks in August 1922, according to reports on Wednesday.


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CORONAVIRUS

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has welcomed progress in Greece’s vaccination rate, however adding that the recent surge in coronavirus cases, particularly in the greater Athens region, will most likely mean that authorities will need to extend the lockdown beyond its nominal expiry date on February 28.


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POLITICS

Allegations by Turkey Tuesday that Greek F-16 fighter jets harassed its Cesme hydrographic vessel were seen in Athens as a bid by Ankara to undermine efforts to restore a climate of normalcy. The allegations, which Greece vehemently denies, were also backed by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

A medical staff walks among elderly men waiting to receive a dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination mega center in Athens, Monday, February 15, 2021. The Promitheas center, which has started operating Monday, will host 96 vaccination points and when fully developed, an estimated of 150,000 vaccinations per month could be conducted. [Thanassis Stavrakis/AP]
CORONAVIRUS

More than 730,000 people have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in Greece, according to data made available Tuesday. According to the same data, 486,820 people, or 4.7 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Health Ministry officials estimate that more than 1.5 million people will have taken the […]

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SEXUAL ABUSE

The judicial investigations into allegations of sexual abuse in the theater world will be expanded Wednesday with the submission to the Athens prosecutor of a file containing reports of misconduct collected by the Greek Actors Association.


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CORONAVIRUS

With daily cases of Covid-19 spiking Tuesday to more than 2,000, the highest since December 2, and with the number of critical patients bearing down heavily on the public health system, it seems all but certain that the government will seek to extend the lockdown beyond its nominal expiry date on February 28, by a week. 

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CORONAVIRUS

In the run-up to the European Council meeting Thursday and Friday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated his proposal for the introduction of a European coronavirus vaccination certificate during a teleconference Tuesday with European Union leaders.