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Dominic Raab leads Britain as Boris Johnson’s condition worsens, taken to ICU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was being treated for worsening coronavirus symptoms in an intensive care unit on Tuesday, with his foreign minister deputizing for him as the nation tackles the COVID-19 crisis.Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital in central London late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, for more than 10 days

The painful lessons of Italy’s devastating coronavirus outbreak

Impose strict containment measures while there's still time. The phrase sums up the advice to Greece from Marco De Ponte, general secretary of ActionAid Italy. In an interview with Kathimerini, the nongovernmental organization official casts light on the reasons for Italy's devastating death toll from the novel coronavirus.

House prices show marked slowdown

The Greek housing market has doubtlessly slowed down this year, with the sale price growth rate declining for six consecutive months. Based on data from the first quarter of 2020, the slowdown marks are clear, as most areas observed a lower pace of price growth compared to the fourth quarter of last year.

ATHEX: Index posts biggest jump since 2015

The slowdown in the onslaught of the coronavirus in Greece and the rest of Europe, according to the statistics of the last few days, and the hopes for a rebound at the oversold Greek market sent stocks soaring at Athinon Avenue on Monday by the highest daily rate recorded since 2015.

Even chocolate Easter bunnies get face masks

Greek pastry chef Marios Papadopoulos holds a chocolate Easter bunny decorated to look like it is wearing a protective face mask at his confectionery store, during the coronavirus epidemic, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Monday. [Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters]

Cyprus issuing 7-year and 30-year bonds on Tuesday

The Republic of Cyprus is on Tuesday proceeding to the issue of two new bonds, a seven-year paper and a 30-year one, both euro medium-term notes (EMTN), the island's Finance Ministry announced on Monday in a message to investors.

Government to allow closed-door services on Orthodox Holy Week

The government adopted on Monday a request by the Greek Orthodox Church to allow Easter services to be held behind closed doors without a congregation as of Palm Sunday on April 12.

The measure will be in place for one week, until April 20, which is the Orthodox Easter Monday.

E-Kyklos event to debate Greek economy

The Athens-based E-Kyklos think tank is organizing an online public debate on Wednesday evening titled "The Pandemic and the Strength of the Greek Economy: The Day After," featuring former deputy prime minister Evangelos Venizelos, the chairman and chief executive officer of Mytilineos, Evangelos Mytilineos, Eurobank's CEO Fokion Karavias, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation, Yiann

Government cautiously optimistic about virus

As authorities press on with their efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there is cautious optimism in the ranks of the government that restrictive measures are paying off, Kathimerini understands, though experts warn against complacency.

Strong winds suspend boat services to Chios, Mytilini, Samothrace

Gale-force winds disrupted ferry schedules from Piraeus to the islands of the Northern and Eastern Aegean on Monday.

The winds, reaching up to 9 and 10 on the Beaufort scale, have led to the suspension of the Nissos Samos ferry service from Piraeus to Chios and Mytilini, while the ships leaving from Lavrio to Kea island also remained tied at the port.

Food service chains threaten not to pay their May rent

Food service chains are declaring that they won't be able to pay their rent for May if the forced suspension of their operations continues - beyond delivery and takeaway services.

Marketing Greece shows tourism a way out

Marketing Greece, the nonprofit organization of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), is evolving into a central entity in the management of the unprecedented crisis in Greek tourism, particularly in the maintenance and strengthening of demand for traveling to Greece when the pandemic eventually subsides.