Tsiodras inaugurates speaker series at CoE Committee of Ministers

Professor Sotiris Tsiodras, known to the wider Greek public as the Health Ministry's spokesman for the novel coronavirus, was the first speaker in a series initiated by Alternate Foreign Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis as chairman of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

Just three new coronavirus infections reported; deaths rise to 168

New infections with the novel coronavirus inched up to 2,853 in Greece on Thursday after just three new cases were confirmed, while two new fatalities took the total death toll to 168.

In his regular evening update, Health Ministry adviser and spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras said that 21 patients remain intubated and 98 have been discharged from intensive care.

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.

Tsiodras warns against complacency

A medical worker takes care of a patient in intensive care at the capital's Sotiria Hospital. As Greece prepares to relax measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, Health Ministry spokesman Sotiris Tsiodras warned Monday against complacency, saying the public must continue to adhere to the health guidelines in order to avoid a "catastrophic" slipup.

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.

Tests conducted in several retirement homes after infections

Greek health teams conducted numerous tests in several retirement homes around the region of Attica in the past 48 hours after at least 12 residents in a home in Nea Makri, east Attica, tested positive for coronavirus, Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said on Monday's regular briefing.
The infected residents were transferred to Athens' Sotiris Hospital.

Doctors, Nurses Question Greek Government’s Coronavirus Response

At the beginning of April, staff of the Sotiria Public Hospital in the Greek capital, Athens, issued an open letter complaining they had been supplied with "defective" masks to guard against infection from patients with COVID-19.

Sotiria has handled the majority of those hospitalised with the virus in Greece, which has roughly 1,735 confirmed cases, of which 76 have died.