Nikos Hardalias

Covid-19 briefings to resume Saturday

There will be no briefing on Covid-19 on Friday, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The daily briefings by Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias and infectious diseases specialist Sotiris Tsiodras will resume Saturday at the regular time of 6 p.m.
Greece's death toll from the novel coronavirus currently stands at 140.

Education ministry to present plan for school reopening on Wednesday

Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus will present details on a government plan to gradually reopen schools on Wednesday, the ministry said.

Kerameus will take part in the daily press briefing of Health Ministry spokesperson for the pandemic Sotiris Tsiodras and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias, at 6 p.m.

Coronavirus cases rise to 2,534 as two new deaths reported

Greek Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras on Monday announced 17 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 2,534, adding that two more patients have died, pushing the death toll to 136.

Tsiodras added that 43 people are currently being treated in intensive care units after contracting the virus (average age is 67), while 65 have left ICU.

Muslims in Greece urged to pray at home during Ramadan

Greek Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias on Friday called on Muslim citizens celebrating Ramadan to pray at home, as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Speaking at the daily press briefing, he reiterated that mosques will hold prayer services during the religious month without public attendance.