Regional units of Greece

West Nile infections on the rise in central Macedonia

Infections of the West Nile virus have climbed to 40 in the region of central Macedonia in northern Greece, according to local authorities.

Deputy Regional Governor for Public Health Dimitris Hatzivrettas said the latest data refer to the period stretching from May until last Thursday. Most of the cases were reported in the region of Imathia and in Thessaloniki.

Fresh calls for migrants to be moved from Aegean islands

Authorities on the eastern Aegean islands have renewed calls on the central government to relocate hundreds of migrants to the mainland as their population on Lesvos, Chios and Samos has risen to 16,334 from 10,349 this time last year. 

The increase, of 55 percent, followed promises by the government to reduce pressure on the islands amid increased arrivals from neighboring Turkey.

Three beach deaths reported in two days

Three beachgoers died at sea on Tuesday and Monday in Attica, Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, authorities said.

More specifically, the body of a 76-year-old woman was recovered early on Tuesday morning in the coastal area of Rafina in eastern Attica.

On Monday afternoon, the body of a man was found in the sea off a beach in Peraia in Thessaloniki.

Police seize 246 kg of cannabis in Epirus

Authorities in Epirus, northwestern Greece, seized 246 kilograms of cannabis in two police operations on Friday and Saturday.

Police arrested a 52-year-old woman on Saturday after finding 102 kg of the drug in her car in the region of Komboti in Arta.

On Friday, police confiscated 144 kg of cannabis found in an abandoned car in the region of Nea Selefkia in Thesprotia.

Corfu making strides toward wheelchair-friendly beaches

The winning combination of sun and sea makes for a great source of happiness and rejuvenation for all ages; however, for people with mobility problems, while the sea offers an opportunity for a sense of freedom, actually getting into the water is often such a tough feat in itself that many don't bother.