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Health ministry designates four hospitals in Attica exclusively for Covid-19 cases

The Health Ministry's spokesman on Covid-19 management, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, today announced that 71 new Coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases in Greece rose to 695.

Tsiodras said 114 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of whom 35 are on respirators in ICUs, 61 percent of whom are men,

Businesses working their way out of the crisis

Most business groups with strong liquidity are optimistic they will manage to weather the financial crisis created by the coronavirus epidemic.

Aegean to stop all international flights from Thursday

Aegean Airlines on Monday announced the suspension of all international flights as of Thursday until April 30.
It follows the new restrictions imposed by the government, including the suspension of all international flights to and from Italy, Spain, Turkey and Britain.

Fears grow that Ankara is changing migrant smuggling tactics

Greek authorities have received information that at least two decommissioned ships carrying large numbers of migrants, similar to a small tanker that ran aground off a Cycladic island last week, may be setting sail from Turkey to Greece in the coming days.

Life-saving solidarity

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Greece is not just testing the administration and the country's public healthcare system; it is also testing the reflexes of Greek society and eliminating the gap between citizen and state. We are all together in this deadly battle against Covid-19 virus but some members of society are better equipped to provide assistance in the joint effort.

Limit on contactless payments to rise

Viva Wallet, the company which operates the vast majority of card terminals in Greece, as well as being active in six other countries, said on Monday its equipment has been upgraded and now accepts contactless payments without the card user having to punch in their PIN for amounts up to 50 euros, as banks had requested.

Hotels provided for Greek, foreign students without residence

Greek and foreign students who do not have a permanent residence in Greece and had to evacuate their halls of residence or hotels from March 25 to April 10 as part of the measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus will be able to stay at tourist accommodations, the Education Ministry said on Monday.

Greece gets nine non-binding bids for stake in gas supplier DEPA Commercial

Greece has received nine non-binding bids for the sale of a 65 percent stake in its dominant gas supplier DEPA Commercial, its privatisation agency said on Monday.

Investors who have expressed an interest in the stake include Shell Gas, Vitol Holding, Power Globe, MET Holding and C.G. Gas Limited of Greece's Copelouzos group, the agency said in a statement.

Seventy-one new Covid-19 infections bring total to 695

Greek healthcare authorities on Monday reported 71 new coronavirus infections in Greece that bring the new total to 695.

Speaking at his daily press briefing, Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras confirmed earlier reports that the death toll rose to 17, adding that 114 people are being treated at hospital for Covid-19, 35 of which are in critical condition.

Experts urge Greek gov't to rewind turbine plans

Experts are urging Greek authorities to suspend the development of new wind parks on Natura-protected sites, arguing that planned facilities outside environmentally sensitive areas are more than adequate for Greece to meet its targets. 

Citi expects fewer Greek bond issues this year

Greece will carry out fewer bond issues in 2020, Citigroup has predicted, pointing to the market unrest generated by the new coronavirus, though the US group considers a credit-positive development that Greek bonds have been included in the European Central Bank's extraordinary bond-buying program.

Coronavirus deaths reportedly rise to 17

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in Greece has reportedly risen to 17 after two patients passed away in the past 24 hours. 

The two patients were a 64-year-old man who was being treated at a hospital in Rio and a 78-year-old man at the capital's Sotiria hospital, according to Skai. 

Both had been in critical condition. 

Turkish fighter jets violate Greek air space

Two pairs of Turkish fighter jets on Monday violated Greek air space over the islets of Anthropofagi and Makronisi, which are part of the Fournoi and Oinousses group, without first submitting a flight plan. 

Editorial: Sort things out now!

Year-end and New Years' editions of newspapers less than three months discerned an unstable and uncertain world but obviously even in one's wildest dreams one could not have imagined the intensity and weight of current conditions.