A rare Mediterranean cyclone, dubbed Ianos has landed in Greece. It is currently affecting the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, Cephalonia and Ithaca as well as Ilia and Messinia in the western Peloponnese.
On Friday, Ianos is expected to affect the rest of the Peloponnese, central Greece, Attica and Evia. The Cyclades islands are expected to be affected as of Friday night, while on Saturday it is possible that Crete will also be impacted.
Citizens have been advised by authorities to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary movements, especially due to winds which are expected to reach 10 or 11 on the Beaufort scale.
The death toll from COVID-19 cases in Greece has reached 322. The latest victim was an 83year old woman in Orestiada, Northern Greece.
Six schools across the country have shut down, due to coronavirus cases.
In the meantime, specialists believe that the restriction measures effective as of yesterday in Attica will decrease the transmission rate of the virus. However, epidemiologist Nikos Sypsas did not exclude the possibility of weekly lockdowns in Attica, if the measures do not prove sufficient.
The average age of people infected with Covid-19 is coming down, according to a World Health Organization expert Dr Maria Van Kerkhove. She said that incidences of hospitalisation among those aged 15 to 49 years are increasing and said it was possible for the same person to be infected with influenza and Covid-19.
A rally has been planned at 6.30 pm at Propylaia, downtown Athens, by teachers at school units who complain for lack of staff.
More than 1,150 refugees and migrants who were living in the street after a fire destroyed the reception and registration centre of Moria on the island of Lesvos have been transferred to the new temporary facility in Kara Tepe, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Thursday.
Their transfer was organised by the Greek Police (ELAS) in an operation that started early Thursday morning.
All migrants undergo a rapid coronavirus test in 17 mobile units of EODY and are then registered in the camp, he said.
“We continue implementing the three aims we had set from the beginning: shelter, food [and] protection,” Petsas said.
Turkey has always acted with the “dignity of righteousness” and will continue to “defend its legitimate rights,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, accusing Greece of “provocations and childish attitudes.”
According to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), Erdogan was speaking at an event at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara, where he also said that his government would “not allow anyone to confine Turkey, the country with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean, to its coast.”
Earlier, Erdogan had lashed out at France, a vocal opponent of Turkey’s recent activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, asking whether it would return to “responsible policy” if Turkey backed down.
British author Victoria Hislop was officially granted honorary Greek citizenship on Thursday, in a ceremony in Athens, hosted by the general secretary of Citizenship, Athanasios Balerbas.
After the ceremony, Balerbas offered Hislop a sculpture composition from the Benaki Museum.
Earlier this summer, the British writer was named an honorary Greek by decree of President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, “for her important services toward Greece, for the international exposure she gave to the historic site of Spinalonga and her promotion of modern Greek culture and history.”
And the weather forecast…
Partly cloudy in Attica tomorrow, with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon and winds blowing from the Southwest at a speed of 4-6 on the Beaufort scale. The temperature will reach a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius.