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Traffic at Greece's 14 regional airports managed by German transport company Fraport has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data released by the company, total traffic at the airports in July came to 1.3 million arriving and departing passengers, a 75.1% drop from the figure in July 2019. Regional airports reopened on June 15.
The Minister of National Defense Nicolae Ciuca, and the Chief of the Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu, met on Friday at the Ministry of Defense (MApN) headquarters with the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General James C McConville, and Commander of US Army Europe Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli.
The unemployment rate climbed to 17% in May, according to data released Thursday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
May was the month when the lockdown imposed in late March to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic began to be gradually lifted. So, the unemployment figure is also a metric of how much the lockdown shrank overall economic activity.
Greece's Civil Protection on Friday announced three new measures as part of the government efforts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
As of August 12, travellers from Malta will have to present proof of a negative molecular test (PCR) result for Covid-19 taken up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
Greek health authorities announced 151 new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the country in the last 24 hours, seven of which were imported infections detected at the country's entry points.
This comes a day after the National Organization of Public Health (EODY) confirmed 153 new cases.
In its daily report on Friday, EODY said that the total number of infections has reached 5,270.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that the Ombudsman has once again challenged the Quarantine and Isolation Law in the Constitutional Court, adding that in his opinion, this "already appears to be an attack on Romania's fundamental interests".
Romania reaffirms its full support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) said on Twitter on Friday. "12 years since the beginning of the military conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia. Romania reaffirms its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia," informs the MAE.
High-school students wait in line to register for the upcoming school year in Skopje, North Macedonia, June 16, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/GEORGI LICOVSKI
The variety of approaches on offer includes shorter lessons, fewer students in classrooms, alternative periods of online and onsite teaching or combinations of these and other solutions.
Western Balkans still undecided what to do
Rain and thunderstorms hit the region of Attica on Friday evening as the weather front Thalia reached the southern part of the country.
According to the National Observatory's Meteo weather service, bad weather conditions will affect a large part of the country for a third consecutive day, with the only exception being the region of Thrace, the island of Evia and Crete.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that the government will approve next week the budget revision and asked the ministers to present "very solid" arguments for any request for money. "We are finalizing assessments this week and next week we will adopt the emergency ordinance on the revision.
With its 22 million square meters of solar panels across the country, Turkey saves itself $200 million a year on energy costs, according to the Turkish energy minister.
As a result of such widespread use, Turkey trails only China and the United States in using solar panels to heat water, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said Aug. 6.