Provinces of Greece

Castle of Mytilene getting a facelift

The Castle of Mytilene in the capital of the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos. Authorities are carrying out works to promote the Byzantine site - which findings suggest hosted a sanctuary to Demeter, Kore and Cybele in ancient times before it was turned into a fortress - and improve accessibility to the Lower Castle (Kato Kastro) on the northwest side, which was added by the Ottomans in 1644.

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.

Sidenor suspends operation of steel plants

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt another blow to the Greek economy as Viohalco subsidiary Sidenor announced on Monday the suspension of all operations at its steelmaking units in Greece from this Thursday until May 3, a move attributed to the sudden slump in demand for construction materials and the shelving of major state projects.

Another 604 migrants bound for deportation to be transferred to the mainland

The government on Friday began transferring a total of 604 migrants from the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesvos to closed facilities on the Greek mainland.

The transfer concerns people that entered Greece iafter March 1, 2020, when the government decided to suspend the asylum procedure for all new arrivals amid an influx of arrivals from the coast of Turkey.

Islands want to self-isolate

Local authorities, especially on the Greek islands and in regions far from large urban centers, are calling on the government to take further measures to ban the unnecessary movement of people within the country to halt the spread of the coronavirus.