Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias are expected to visit Thessaloniki in northern Greece on Thursday for an emergency meeting on coronavirus amid alarm over a surge in infections in the region.


The three foreign nationals (two Albanians and one Croatian) who were arrested on Friday in connection with 324 kilos of cocaine that was confiscated during a police operation in the center of Thessaloniki were remanded in pre-trial detention on Tuesday.


A 62-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in the Harilaou area of Thessaloniki on charges he exposed his genitals to a 12-year-old boy and threatened him with a knife.


The Thessaloniki municipal authority is meeting Monday to discuss a tender for giving the northern port city’s iconic Aristotelous Square a much-needed facelift.


A 98-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, Ms Zana, was the first resident of a Thessaloniki nursing home to get the Covid-19 jab on Tuesday, as teams from the National Public Health Organization (EODY) started vaccinating elderly care unit residents in the northern port city. 


Municipal police in the northern port city of Thessaloniki conducted an operation on Wednesday to remove electric scooters from several parts of the seafront which are not allowed to circulate, as part of the measures introduced to battle the coronavirus. 


Thessaloniki’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for compensatory measures to support TIF-Helexpo, the company that organizes the annual International Fair in the northern port city, which was canceled this year due to the Covid pandemic. 


The national German Pavilion at the 2020 Thessaloniki International Fair, where Germany will be the Honored Country, has been fully booked and will host a total of 56 companies, the German-Greek Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced on Tuesday. 


People enjoy an afternoon walk in the sunshine on the seafront in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. The port city’s seaside promenade opened on Monday afternoon while those in Patra and Volos were scheduled to reopen Tuesday as part of the government’s plan to gradually relax a lockdown. The re-opening of the promenade in Thessaloniki was smooth with police simply checking that people had the relevant documents and SMS messages allowing them to be outdoors. The seafront areas had been closed off to residents in late March after repeated admonitions by the authorities that basic social distancing rules were being ignored. [Dimitris Topsides/EPA]


Residents in the northern port city of Thessaloniki can now stroll on its popular promenade from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday after authorities decided to impose a partial ban on the area. The decision comes after hundreds of people crowded the promenade last weekend, despite repeated admonitions by the authorities that such congestion was a violation of basic social distancing rules imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The ban came into effect on Monday, with police setting up barricades preventing citizens from gaining access to the section of the promenade stretching from the iconic White Tower to the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. [InTime News]