Turks push for Turkish lessons in kindergarten in Greece

The Turkish minority in Greece is pushing for the inclusion of Turkish lessons in the curriculums of state kindergartens in regions where many Turkish Muslims live, they said in a joint statement on May 7.

As the Greek Education Ministry plans to start English-language activities in kindergartens next year, the Turkish minority asked the government to also offer Turkish lessons.

Coronavirus cases rise to 2,245 with death toll edging up to 116

Greek Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras on Monday announced 10 new coronavirus cases, raising the total in the country to 2,245. 

Addressing a media conference, Tsiodras added that the death toll has risen to 116 with six more people in hospital passing away. The average age of the dead is 74 years, he said.

Ceremony held in solidarity with Italy

The Greek Foreign Ministry on Friday held a ceremony in solidarity with Italy where the death toll from the Covid-19 outbreak continues to rise.

Officials raised the flags of Greece and Italy as the two countries' national anthems played.

The ceremony was attended by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Italian Ambassador Efisio Luigi Marras and Parliament speaker Kostas Tasoulas.