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Just 25 fines issued on first day of relaxed lockdown

Greeks by and large appeared to comply with measures designed to protect the public from coronavirus infection during the gradual easing of lockdown measures, as the Hellenic Police (ELAS) issued just 25 fines on the first day of the new relaxed rules.

117 Years since the Death of Gotse Delchev

On May 4, Bulgarians mark 117 years since the death of the Bulgarian revolutionary hero Gotse Delchev.

Georgi (Gotse) Nikolov Delchev is one of the most significant Bulgarian revolutionaries. He is the leader and ideologist of the Bulgarian Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Committees, later known as the The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization.

Police record 1,228 new lockdown violations

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Thursday recorded 1,228 violations of a public lockdown introduced in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Of those transgressions, 536 were in Attica, 196 in Thessaloniki, 109 in Central Macedonia, 85 on Crete, 66 in Western Greece, 48 in Thessaly and 46 in the Peloponnese.

Most lockdown infringements in Attica

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Tuesday recorded a total of 1,567 violations of a public lockdown introduced last month to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Of those transgressions, the majority (814) were in Attica, with 167 in Thessaloniki, 93 on Crete, 80 on the Ionian islands, 54 in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and 46 in Thessaly.

Lockdown violations rise to 56,028 since March 23

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Monday recorded a total of 1,611 violations of restrictions on movement imposed by the government last month, a statement said on Tuesday.
Of those transgressions, 765 were recorded in Attica, 179 in Thessaloniki, 117 on Crete, 89 on the Ionian islands, 88 in Central Macedonia and 86 in Western Greece.

Corona Ciao: New Music Hit by Macedonians Datz and Alexander Mitevski

The cover of the popular "Belo Chao" by Macedonian actor Dragan Spasov-Datz and composer Alexander Mitevski was made in one day. From idea to realization. Corona Chao has blown up social media, and even Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has identified himself as a duo fan. In just one day, the video garnered over 372,000 views on youtube.

Workers in tourism, food delivery to hold protest in Thessaloniki on Tuesday

Workers in tourism-related businesses and in food delivery services are planning a rally in the northern port city of Thessaloniki and in other parts of the country on Tuesday to demand relief measures from the government after losing their jobs as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

North Macedonia’s State of Emergency Weakens Institutions’ Transparency

Both the institutions and those requesting information say that for now, problems are often solved in mutual agreements that allow for a delay of a few days, enabling institutions to cope.

North Macedonia's law on freedom of access to public information does not envisage what should happen to such rights in extraordinary situations like this one.

IMF, EU 3bn Loan Welcomed in Balkans Despite Unknowns

EU candidate states from the West Balkans have welcomed the offer of 3 billion euros in emergency loans, to be distributed among 10 states bordering or near the EU, although the borrowing conditions remain to be determined, the European Commission confirmed to BIRN.

Greek police step up lockdown checks over long weekend

Amid expectations that some citizens will attempt to defy movement restrictions over the Easter weekend, the Hellenic Police (ELAS) has intensified inspections for compliance.

Officers recorded 1,738 violations of the public lockdown on Thursday. Most of them (709) were in Attica, followed by 203 in Thessaloniki, 120 in Central Macedonia, 119 in Western Greece and 115 on Crete.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in Greece

Two more people died in Greece from Covid-19, bringing the new death toll at 108, according to media reports on Friday.

The first victim was a 92-year-old man who had an underlying illness and was being treated at a hospital in Ptolemaida, western Macedonia.

The second patient was a 78-year-old man in Athens' Sotiria Hospital who also suffered from a pre-existing condition.

Technical Olympic agrees to sell Porto Carras to Savvidis

Porto Carras is set to have a new owner, as Technical Olympic has agreed to sell the emblematic tourism resort at Halkidiki in central Macedonia to the Ivan Savvidis group's Belterra Investments for 205 million euros.