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Lockdown loosening if current spread rate continues, curfew in parts on Patras, Volos

As the health ministry announced its daily data on the spread and cases of the coronavirus, spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras expressed guarded optimism that if people continue to strictly abide by current public health restrictions and the fairly encouraging data on the rate of spread of the virus in Greece improves somewhat, there may be a gradual loosening of restrictions sooner than later.

Turkey imposes partial curfew for citizens under 20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 3 announced a partial curfew for citizens under the age of 20 starting from midnight, as part of measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

Greek economy seen shrinking 3-4 percent this year, says FinMin

Greece's finance minister said on Friday he expected the economy to contract by 3 to 4 percent this year due to lockdown measures imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, marking a significant downward revision from his previous estimate.

‘Marshall Plan,’ Merkel method

Times like these test leaders. In a world full of fear and noise, a small group is called upon to take decisions that will determine the fate of their people. No one was elected on the basis of their program for dealing with a pandemic but their legacy will depend on how they handled this threat to all of us. Their decisions will either alleviate the damage or compound it.

Monitoring the side effects

Relief measures are hammered out under emergency conditions. There is no time for thorough preparations and for this reason it is only natural that there will be problems after they are rolled out. 

This has been demonstrated again as the government introduced measures to curb the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds more lockdown violations recorded

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) on Friday said that on Thursday they recorded 2,247 violations of a lockdown imposed by the government on March 23 to curb the spread of the coronavirus while arresting another nine people for opening businesses in contravention of a ban imposed by authorities as part of its broader response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Another 11 persons infected with novel coronavirus die, death toll at 133

Another 11 persons infected with the novel coronavirus have died, the total number of those deceased due to the virus standing at 133, the Strategic Communication Group informed on Friday. The deaths reported are 3 women, aged between 62 and 77, and 8 men, with ages between 27 and 67. * Death 123 - man, 66, from Bistrita Nasaud County.

Vartholomaios sends blessings to medical staff

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios gave his blessings to Greek medical staff that are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in a phone call on Friday with infectious disease expert and government adviser on the crisis Sotiris Tsiodras.

One person dead in Thessaloniki fire

The fire service in Thessaloniki on Friday was investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a basement apartment in the suburb of Kalamaria in the early hours of the morning, leading to the death of a 70-year-old resident.

The EC Waives Customs Duties and VAT for Import of Necessary Medical Equipment

The European Commission will temporarily waive duties and VAT on imports of essential medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus.

"This will make it easier financially to get the medical equipment that doctors, nurses and patients desperately need.

The Commission has swiftly approved requests received from all Member States.

485 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Bulgaria, 14 People Died

This is indicated by the data of the National Operational Headquarters

485 are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bulgaria, and the victims of the virus are 14. This is according to the latest data from the National Operational Headquarters.

An 83-year-old woman with COVID-19 died at Alexandrovska Hospital. She suffered from hypertension and diabetes.