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Operation under way to boost remote islands’ health defences

Four dinghies took four teams of doctors and nurses to Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikonos, covering more than 200 nautical miles in 31 hours, and collected about 200 samples as part of an initiative to conduct coronavirus tests and to ascertain the health infrasture needs of remote islands.

Scores homeless after Greek migrant camp fire: Official

Scores of asylum-seekers were left homeless when a fire tore through a  camp on the Greek island of Samos, a migration ministry official said on April 27.    

"Around 200 people have been left homeless," Migration Ministry Secretary Manos Logothetis told AFP.    

There were no immediate reports of injuries.    

Mykonos and Santorini placed in partial lockdown

Stricter restrictive measures have been imposed on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini in a bid to prevent a spread of Covid-19 in the two popular holiday destinations. 

At the same time, the villages of Damaskinia and Dragassia in the municipality of Voio, northern Greece, came out of quarantine on Monday.

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.

Dendias calls for migration burden sharing in speech to UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in a speech to the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Council - which this year focused on the protection of children - stressed that Greece has saved the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants and has shouldered a disproportionately large share of the burden of the crisis.

Government to proceed with new island camps, despite reactions

The government is determined to move ahead with its plan to build new holding facilities for migrants and refugees as part of a plan to accelerate asylum procedures and deportations on the five islands hosting camps, its spokesman said on Tuesday, amid reactions to the scheme from island residents.

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