NEWS

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SWINE FLU

More staff sought as pace of anti-H1N1 inoculation picks up Arrangements were being made yesterday to staff dozens more inoculation centers as the rate of citizens seeking to vaccinate themselves against swine flu continues to increase. Nearly 30,000 people are visiting some 400 centers across the country every day, according to health authorities who said that more than 180,000 citizens had received the anti-H1N1 vaccine. The aim is to have 750 inoculation centers up and running in the next couple of week, the authorities said. The number of swine flu fatalities rose to 29 yesterday following the death of a 49-year-old obese woman with diabetes. ELECTRIC RAILWAY Further disruption this weekend Engineering work will continue on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) this weekend, causing the closure of the line between Attiki and Nea Ionia stations. A replacement bus service (X10) will be in service instead. The bus leaves from Liosion Street in front of Attiki station and Neratziotissa Street at Irini station. Meanwhile, work on the Tavros to Faliro section of the line will continue until Wednesday, December 16, ISAP confirmed. Passengers can use the X6 replacement bus to travel between the two stations. Solidarity action The country’s main Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) yesterday called a strike for Monday to allow workers to participate in a protest rally that has been planned to mark a year since a policeman shot dead a teenager in the central district of Exarchia. ADEDY noted that this action was being staged to express solidarity with «a new generation which is growing up in an environment in which its democratic, social and labor rights are constantly being disputed and whose future is increasingly uncertain.» Traffickers stopped Police in Thessaloniki yesterday detained a Palestinian and an Iraqi national on charges of smuggling 12 would-be migrants into Greece from Turkey via the Evros River that runs along the two countries’ land border. According to police, one of the two suspects had collected the migrants from the banks of the Evros River. The other suspect was waiting to collect the migrants in Thessaloniki, according to police. Bank raid Two robbers made off with just over 10,000 euros from a Bank of Cyprus branch in the Neapoli district of Thessaloniki yesterday. Police said one of the suspects entered the bank and threatened staff with a gun while his accomplice waited outside on a motorbike. Transport travelcards Annual travelcards for use on all modes of public transport will go on sale from Monday, the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) said. Commuters can choose from: a 350-euro card that allows them unlimited travel on buses, trolley buses, trams, the electric railway and the metro up to Koropi station and on the Proastiakos suburban railway on the Magoula-Piraeus-Koropi section of the line; a 300-euro card that allows unlimited travel on the metro; a 250-euro card for travel only on the electric railway or a 150-euro travelcard that allows commuters access to buses, trolley buses and the tram.