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Doctor MPs returning to duty will work like regular staff, says minister

Greek lawmakers who wish to offer their services as doctors in fighting the coronavirus pandemic will have to sign a contract with the the country's national health service, work a full-time schedule and face the same liabilities as other medical staff, Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis said on Friday during a regular press briefing about developments with the virus.

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Athens to take tough stance at summit


With Ankara’s stance seen as nothing but an effort to buy time with no real intention for a candid dialogue, Athens is expected to insist on a hard line in favor of sanctions during the upcoming European Council on December 10 and 11.

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Government to set price cap for Covid-19 tests

The government will set a maximum price for molecular PCR and rapid antigen tests carried out in private clinics and laboratories, the Secretary General for Trade and Consumer Protection, Panagiotis Stampoulidis, announced on Friday.

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Pandemic takes toll on public services

The relationship between citizens and the public sector is growing increasingly tenuous as the changes in the working hours of many civil servants who now work remotely where possible, with extended leave for others, have come at the expense of the service provided.

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‘Psychic’ woman arrested for fraud on Crete

A 50-year-old woman who claimed to possess the skill of divination was arrested on Friday for fraud on the island on Crete and the extortion of sums of money from a 46-year-old woman over a two-year period. 

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Intubations at 607, 101 new Covid-19 deaths

The number of new SARS-CoV-2 infections reported on Friday remained almost unchanged from Thursday with 2,013 new cases announced, against 2,018 a day before, according to the National Organization for Public Health (EODY).

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Deposit boxes raided at Psychiko bank

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) are investigating the raiding of four safety deposit boxes at a bank branch in the area of ​​Psychiko, northern Athens, which the victims said contained money, jewelry and other valuables worth more than 5 million euros. 

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Minister apologizes for arrest of nine women activists

Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis apologized on Friday for the arrest of nine members of feminist groups and NGOs who took part in a peaceful rally to mark the Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, for breaching public health rules.




Keeping children in touch with school

Sofia Roboli records sign language lessons that are broadcast on public television, at an elementary school in Athens, Friday. Most other European countries have vowed to keep schools open, but the pandemic has hit Greece hard for the first time in recent weeks following a successful lockdown in the spring, overwhelming hospitals in parts of the country. State television is making and broadcasting lessons, while teachers sit in empty classrooms talking to remote students. Despite some problems, they say it keeps children in touch with their schools. [Thanassis Stavrakis/AP]