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Open-air markets largely compliant with directions

The government directions issued for open-air markets have so far been adhered to by 95 percent, said Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis on Skai TV on Saturday.

EU approves coronavirus state support for Portugal, Poland, Greece

The European Commission has approved a series of multi-billion-euro state support packages for Greece, Poland and Portugal to help soften the economic impact of the coronavirus through grants and loan guarantees.

Migrant numbers drop on islands despite spike in arrivals

The number of migrants staying at reception centers on the Aegean islands has dropped in the first three months of the year despite a spike in arrivals.
More specifically, according to the Migration Ministry, the number decreased in January-March 2020 to 36,387 from 38,423 people in the corresponding period in 2019.

Prodi: ‘Europe changes through disasters’

Romano Prodi, Pprofessor of economics, European Commission president from 1999 to 2004, and two-time prime minister of Italy, is a friend of Greece. Last October he visited Athens at the invitation of former prime minister Costas Simitis and spoke at a conference event organized by the Costas Simitis Foundation.

Health Ministry expert briefs PM on coronavirus

Sotiris Tsiodras, the Greek Health Ministry's spokesman over the new coronavirus and infectious diseases expert, briefed Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday on the next steps in the fight against the virus.

Four more people died from the coronavirus in Greece on Saturday, raising the country's total fatalities to 67.

Toys and antiseptics drive online sales

Toys and personal care products have evolved into top-priority commodities, according to demand on the price comparison website Skroutz.
In the period from March 9-29 sales by electronic stores that work with Skroutz jumped 41 percent from February, with toys and sports items rising 70.4 percent and cosmetics (a category that crucially includes antiseptics) growing 54.3 percent.

Ukraine's Privatbank issues $5.5 billion claim in Cyprus against ex-owners

Ukraine's largest lender, state-run PrivatBank, said on Friday that it had filed a new $5.5 billion claim in the Cypriot courts against its former owners.
The bank said in a statement that it was seeking damages in respect of schemes bearing all the hallmarks of fraud and money laundering which the bank alleges were perpetrated by ex-shareholders.

University entry exams could be held in July, minister says

Nationwide university entry exams may be held in July, Education Minister Niki Kerameus said on Saturday in an interview with Parapolitika newspaper.

The main aim of the education ministry is for the exams to be held as close as possible to the usual dates, which is in June, she said.

Regarding universities, she said she was confident that students will not lose the semester.

New Greek T-bill auction on Wednesday

Greece's Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) will auction 13-week treasury bills on Wednesday to the value of 375 million euros.
The maturity date for these T-bills will be July 10 and the settlement date will be this Friday.

No quick deliveries of Covid-19 ventilators, EU says

The European Union will struggle to get hold of large numbers of ventilators quickly to treat patients suffering from Covid-19 due to the complexity of the machines and high demand for them, the executive European Commission said on Friday.

Fitch revises Cyprus outlook to stable

Fitch Ratings announced on Friday that it has affirmed Cyprus' credit rating at "BBB" but has revised its outlook to stable.
Fitch said that the revision of Cyprus' outlook reflects the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic on the country's economy and on its sovereign fiscal position.

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IntMin Vela announces suspension of flights to and from the US and some European countries

The Minister of Interior, Marcel Vela, on Saturday informed in a press statement he made at the MAI (Ministry of Interior) headquarters, while presenting the provisions of the Military Ordinance No. 7, that the authorities decided to suspend all flights to and from the US and a series of European countries, for a period of 14 days, starting with April 5.

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