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Greece's response to coronavirus working, Mitsotakis tells CNN

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the measures his government has taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus appear to be working and thanked the Greek people for their cooperation, conceding however that "the hard work is still ahead of us."

Consumer confidence in record slide

In February 2020 consumer confidence in Greece had climbed to an almost 20-year peak at -4.8 points. It took just a few weeks for it to slide back down to -16.5 points in March, according to Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) statistics released on Wednesday, with the monthly reduction of 11.7 points being the biggest ever recorded from one month to the next.

Editorial: No room for irresponsibility in this cruel April

The cliché reference to the coronavirus as "the invisible enemy" is misleading.

The enemy is visible. It is specific. It is irresponsibility and a singularly dangerous brand of social callousness.

German envoy says Eurobond debate still open

In an interview with Kathimerini, Germany's Ambassador to Greece Ernst Reichel has indicated that the prospect of a Eurobond being issued to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still open despite the failure of European Union leaders to reach an agreement on the subject at a summit last week.

Communal effort in peril

Greece runs the risk of falling victim to its own success. The collective effort made to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be at risk due to the lax springtime mood of the past few days.

Eurozone jobless rates fall to 12-year lows

Unemployment in the eurozone fell to a 12-year low in February, the month before coronavirus containment measures began to be introduced widely across Europe.
The jobless rate was 7.3 percent in the 19 countries sharing the euro currency, the lowest level since March 2008, European Union statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday.

Police record 2,561 lockdown violations in one day

The Greek Police (ELAS) recorded a total of 2,561 violations of a public lockdown on Tuesday while nine people were arrested on that day for opening their businesses despite a government ban imposed last month as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Covid-19 death toll rises to 50, new infections to 1,415

Greece reported 101 new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,415 cases, with deaths rising by one to a total of 50.

Of the new infections, 20 were confirmed on a ferryboat carrying 383 passengers and crew that is at anchor off the coast of the Port of Piraeus.

Covid-19 death toll rises to 50, total infections to 1,415

Greece reported 101 new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,415 cases, with deaths rising by one to a total of 50.

Of the new infections, 20 were confirmed on a ferryboat carrying 383 passengers and crew that is at anchor off the coast of the Port of Piraeus.

Greece mulling further restrictions on public movement

Greece is mulling the introduction of further restrictions to public movement to contain the spread of coronavirus, extending a broad lockdown announced last week after a recent surge in violations, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Wednesday.

The Border Checkpoints through which the “Green Corridors” Border for Supply of Goods will Pass are now Clear

The Council of Ministers has defined the border points on Bulgarian territory through which unobstructed passage of commodities will be ensured. The plan for securing "green corridors" along the European road network has been proposed by the Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications. It complies with the guidelines of the European Commission of 16 March 2020.

Olympic flame to stay a month in Fukushima; next stop unsure

The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official "handover ceremony" on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.

US Embassy launches #USGreece2021 logo

American Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt has unveiled the #USGreece2021 logo that the US government will use for all its programming in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Greece's independence.
"I'm very proud of what we've accomplished over the past few years in US-Greece relations," Pyatt said in an interview with Mega TV.

Signs discipline flagging at halfway mark

With the curve of the number of Covid-19 cases remaining at a relatively manageable gradient, the government believes it has reason to be cautiously optimistic that Greece is on course to win the battle if the restrictions in place continue to be observed.

Supermarket sales soar 35 pct

Greek supermarkets have cashed in over 615 million euros in just four weeks - i.e. in the first month of the coronavirus epidemic in Greece - as fear of what is yet to come led to consumers panic buying large quantities of disinfectants and food with a long shelf life.

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