Greece’s finance minister said on Friday he expected the economy to contract by 3 to 4 percent this year due to lockdown measures imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, marking a significant downward revision from his previous estimate.
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Relief measures are hammered out under emergency conditions.
The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Friday said that on Thursday they recorded 2,247 violations of a lockdown imposed by the government on March 23 to curb the spread of the coronavirus while arresting another nine people for opening businesses in contravention of a ban imposed by authorities as part of its broader response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ecumenical Patriarch Vatholomaios gave his blessings to Greek medical staff that are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in a phone call on Friday with infectious disease expert and government adviser on the crisis Sotiris Tsiodras.
The fire service in Thessaloniki on Friday was investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a basement apartment in the suburb of Kalamaria in the early hours of the morning, leading to the death of a 70-year-old resident.
Greek Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras on Friday announced 99 new coronavirus cases, raising the total in the country to 1,613.
Greece’s Health Ministry is putting together a plan to restructure the primary healthcare system so that it is more efficient in its response to the coronavirus epidemic and relieves some of the pressure on overburdened hospitals.
Passengers who have tested negative for the new coronavirus on the Eleftherios Venizelos ferry quarantined off the port of Piraeus are being transferred to the mainland and put up in hotels in the Greek capital.
The Larnaca District Court imposed a 30-day prison sentence and a 700-euro fine on a 52-year-old who had attacked a member of police after the officer fined a relative of his, who he was accompanying outdoors, for violating restriction measures.