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ANTI-VIRALS

Pharmacies begin selling drugs for swine flu sufferers Pharmacies were cleared yesterday to begin providing anti-viral drugs to people who have been diagnosed with swine flu. For the drugs to be issued though, the sufferers will need to have a prescription as well as a doctor’s note confirming that they are suffering from serious symptoms or belong to a group that is particularly vulnerable to the disease. OUT-OF-TOWNERS Ships and buses packed with Athenians leaving the city The number of people leaving Athens picked up yesterday as ferry companies reported that their vessels were almost full and more than 100 extra KTEL intercity buses were made available to Athenians headed for their vacations. More than 50 ferries were due to depart Piraeus yesterday, another 20 from the port of Lavrio and nine from Rafina. Also, 140 more KTEL buses were added to the 245 that were due to leave Athens yesterday. Those choosing to use their cars to leave the city were reminded that only one lane is open on a 5-kilometer stretch of the Athens-Lamia highway starting from the Martino junction. The work is due to last until August 12. Railway disruption There will be no service between Attiki and Irini stations on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway this weekend due to engineering works. There is a replacement bus service in place. Factory death A 39-year-old man died yesterday after an accident at a factory in the Peloponnese that supplied a construction company with material for building roads. The unnamed foreign man was seriously injured while cutting metal and died on his way to the hospital, according to authorities. The contractor and the head of safety at the factory were arrested, charged with manslaughter through negligence and then released. FYROM recognition Andorra yesterday became the 125th country to recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia simply as «Macedonia» following the signing of an agreement by the foreign ministers of the two countries. Bomb hoax Bomb disposal experts were called to Athens International Airport on Thursday afternoon, it was revealed yesterday, after a note was found claiming there was a bomb on board a flight that was being prepared to leave for Barcelona. No such device was found. Robbers nabbed Police in Promachona, near Serres in northern Greece, revealed yesterday that they have arrested three men aged between 30 and 44 in connection with a series of break-ins in Athens. The men, all Romanian nationals, were arrested on a bus that was heading from Athens to Bucharest. Police said that they found a range of stolen items in the men’s luggage. Wild horses Traffic on the Thessaloniki ring road was briefly held up yesterday morning when three horses found their way onto the highway in the area of Evosmos. Police officers arrived to help round up the animals and lead them away from the road.