Thessaloniki also known as Thessalonica, Salonika or Salonica, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Macedonia. Greeks consider it like συμπρωτεύουσα (the associated-capital) of the Northern Greece. Indeed, Thessaloniki was already the largest city of the Byzantine Empire after Constantinople.

Country: Greece Population: 385 406

Extra burden of €200 mln per month

The new restrictions announced on Friday are estimated to carry an additional fiscal cost of 200 million euros a month, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras told state broadcaster ERT on Saturday.

He noted that the measures affect 68% of businesses in areas marked "red" for rising coronavirus infections, such as Athens and Thessaloniki.

Takeaway ban taken back

After initially announcing a weekend ban on takeaway food in Athens and Thessaloniki early on Saturday, Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis took it back later in the day. 

"The government assessed that the measure of temporary suspension of takeaway will create more confusion and will cause more problems," he said in a statement.

Student injured after falling three storeys in Thessaloniki school

A 15-year-old student was hospitalised with serious injuries on Friday after falling from the third floor of his private school in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.

The circumstances of his fall remain unknown, but the police have opened an investigation into the incident.