Former Greek health minister, cardiologist Kremastinos, dies (update)

Greece's former health minister, cardiologist and university professor Dimitris Kremastinos, has died of the new coronavirus, Greek officials said Friday. He was 78.

Kremastinos, a widely respected doctor who became a household name in Greece as the personal physician of late prime minister Andreas Papandreou in the mid-1990s, was admitted to Athens' Evangelismos hospital on March 26. He died Friday morning after being in the intensive care unit for Covid-19.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias tweeted that the former minister "served the health sector with dignity and a sense of responsibility."

Tributes for Kremastinos, who was currently serving as parliament vice-president and was a member of the center-left KINAL party, poured in.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid tribute, saying "the world of science and politics today lost a leading member."...

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