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Only real life can test if a politician really has what it takes to lead a nation. Six months after he was elected prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis was called upon to tackle two major crises: the first one was the exploitation of migrants and refugees by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the second was the coronavirus outbreak.
Fabric and rubber bands have been sent to 346 seamstresses in 37 prefectures throughout Greece for the production of 40,000 masks as part of an initiative financed and launched online by artist Marios Eleftheriadis and tailor Konstantinos Tektonidis.
The aim of the initiative is to produce fabric masks to be given to the Hellenic Red Cross for distribution where needed.
Greece's Health Ministry said on Wednesday two more people died in the past 24 hours in the country from the new coronavirus, which raised the total number to 83 since the start of the outbreak.
There were also 52 new infections and the new total stands at 1,884, of which 57 percent are men, according to Health Ministry spokesman and infectious diseases professor Sotiris Tsiodras.
The administration of the Mount Athos monastic community in northern Greece decided on Wednesday to continue prohibiting the admission of pilgrims and other visitors until April 20 as part of the measures against the coronavirus epidemic.
The only people excluded from the measure are employees and other "necessary professionals" the administration said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to accept 50 migrant children and youths from overcrowded camps on Greek islands, government sources said.
The move was a first step by Germany, officials said, as worries mount about the health situation in the Greek camps due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The super moon rises in the sky in front of Apollo's temple about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Athens on Tuesday. All Greece's archaeological sites and museums have been closed for weeks as part of the country's measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. [Petros Giannakouris/AP]