Tourism in Greece

Corfu prosecutor charges bishop, mayor over church service

Corfu prosecutor Dionysis Lambridis has drawn up charges against Bishop Nektarios of Corfu and the Diapontia islands, the mayor of central Corfu Meropi Ydraiou, the head of the municipal council Dimitris Metallinos and clerics and worshippers who participated in a service held at the Aghios Spyridon church in Corfu Town on Saturday despite the restrictions ordered by both the government and the

Post office vans torched

Two Hellenic Postal Service (ELTA) vans parked on a central street in the northern port city of Thessaloniki were torched by arsonists in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Police detained five people for questioning but later released them.

Covid-19 death toll in Greece rises to 81

Greece's coronavirus toll has risen to 81 with the death of a 42-year-old man in the northern port city of Thessaloniki and of an 84-year-old woman in Athens.

According to reports, the 42-year-old man died at Thessaloniki's AHEPA General Hospital on Monday night after being admitted on March 29. He is the virus' first victim from the region of Halkidiki.

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.

Small islands calling for ban on all arrivals

Mayors of small Greek islands are demanding a ban on all arrivals, especially over Easter, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they are not equipped with the necessary medical infrastructure to cope.

These islands include Patmos, Milos, Tilos, Ithaki, Kasos, Alonnisos, Leipsoi, Oinousses, Agathonissi, Psara, Paxos and Rhodes.

Fresh Turkish overflights in eastern Aegean

Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets entered Athens' Flight Information Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan at 2.19 p.m. Thursday and flew over Oinousses, in the eastern Aegean, at 26,000 feet.

Two minutes later, the two jets flew over Panagia islet at 21,000 feet.

The Turkish aircraft were intercepted by Greek jets in line with international rules of engagement.