Amid continuing concerns about the rise in coronavirus infections, health authorities were on alert on Wednesday after 35 residents of a retirement home in Agios Panteleimonas tested positive for the virus.
Attica regional authorities announced the suspension of traffic on the Sounio-bound carriageway of the Athens-Sounio highway from 8 p.m. on Wednesday for 15 days to allow for repairs to be carried out to damage in the Loumbarda tunnel near Varkiza.
After an alarming spike of 416 on Tuesday, new coronavirus cases dropped below the 400 mark on Wednesday, with the Organization for Public Health (EODY) reporting 354 confirmed infections. Deaths also dropped on Wednesday, coming to three as opposed to five the day before.
Forensic experts investigating electronic and other evidence seized last week from the central Athens apartment of a 42-year-old terror suspect have allegedly found a file containing a proclamation by the Popular Fighters Group (OLA) urban guerrilla group, claiming responsibility for the 2015 bombing of the downtown headquarters of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV).
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday that the “successful” visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Greece would strengthen the country’s position ahead of the EU Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.
More than two months after Angela Merkel intervened to stave off a military confrontation between Greece and Turkey, the German chancellor on Wednesday referred to lingering tensions between the two Aegean neighbors.
Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries.
A total of 2,800 teachers at Greek primary and secondary schools have been exempted from teaching in classrooms as they belong to high-risk groups for infection from the coronavirus, Kathimerini understands.
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qiyue (r) hosted Attica Regional Governor Giorgos Patoulis (l) at the Chinese Embassy in Athens Tuesday, where the two officials signed an agreement twinning the Greek capital with the region of Sichuan. Patoulis hailed the cooperation between the two regions, saying it will not only address management of the pandemic, but will also “build the future through tourism, trade, development and progress.” [ANA-MPA]