Deputy Citizen Protection Minister responsible for Civil Protection and Crises Management Nikos Hardalias is holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss ways to prevent problems that may occur as a result of the new storm expected to hit the country tonight, starting from the north and western areas.
As an upward trend in coronavirus infections continues – with 317 new cases reported this afternoon, the majority of them in Attica – the government announced a raft of new restrictions for the greater Athens area, effective as of this morning.
The measures extended the mandatory use of protective face masks to all outdoor areas which draw crowds while obliging live music venues to close and restricting attendance at concerts and open-air cinemas.
Six schools have shut down for two weeks, due to confirmed coronavirus cases, while three persons died today from the virus in Greece.
A new lockdown is an option, we will not jeopardize public health, stated Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas at SKAI TV station this morning.
In the meantime, the Minister of Health, Vasilis Kikilias announced the creation of 334 new ICU beds, to increase capacity in hospitals.
“Greece and Northern Macedonia relations have entered into a new era” stated the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, after meeting with the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, who is on an official visit to Greece.
Zoran Zaev met with the Prime Minister this afternoon and discussed economic ties between the two countries. At 7.30 pm Mr. Zaev will meet with the head of opposition SYRIZA party Alexis Tsipras.
A fire is burning at Alexandroupolis, northern Greece. The fire brigade is operating at the area.
Another fire is burning at Agia Marina village on the island of Zakynthos, but no residences are in danger.
Four Afghan migrants have been charged with arson for alleged involvement in fires that destroyed most of a large refugee camp on the eastern island of Lesvos, Greek authorities said.
The men, who have not been named, were led to a court on the island on Wednesday to be formally charged. They were later returned to police detention after being given three days to prepare their testimony.
“Turkey is and will always be an important neighbor. But while we are close together on the map, the distance between us appears to be growing,” European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen told European Parliament on Wednesday, warning Ankara against continued provocations against Greece and Cyprus.
And the weather forecast…
Cloudy and rainy tomorrow in Attica with the temperature expected to reach a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius.