The National Organization for Public Health (EODY) reported two new deaths from Covid-19 on Friday – a marked improvement from Thursday’s toll of nine – but cases continued to rise, with 339 confirmed infections in 24 hours. There are more than 4 thousand persons who have tested positive to the virus, half of them in Attica and around a thousand in the Municipality of Athens.
The government has announced stricter measures for Attica, effective from Monday and until October 4th.
No more than 9 persons are allowed in public and private gatherings. The maximum number of guests in marriages and funerals is set at 20.
All concerts are suspended, while closed cinemas will remain closed.
Moreover, the government is urging all the elderly to avoid having contact with others, all citizens to limit the use of public means of transportation, as well as both public and private sector to return to long distance working schedule for at least 40% of their employees.
After slamming the islands of the Ionian Sea on Thursday night and Friday morning, storm Ianos brought flash floods to central Greece later in the day, with media in Lamia saying that several people were trapped in their homes and cars.The biggest problems appear to be on the national highway between the city of Lamia and the town of Karpenissi, where several motorists are reported to have become trapped in their cars by flooding.
The islands of Cephalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos wereseverely hit by the storm, with several areas still experiencing power cuts.
The storm is moving to the western Peloponese, causing problems in the prefectures of Ilia and Achaia.
All Athens-Thessaloniki schedules are suspended due to flooding in a key tunnel.
The Othrys tunnel – between Tithorea, Lianokladi and Domokos – has been severely damaged and is impassable.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday had a video call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Their discussion focused on possible ways of operational cooperation with the European Union in a new permanent hosting facility for the reception of migrants and refugees that will be built on the Greek island of Lesvos.
The prime minister also presented a video of the new temporary camp that was set up within a few days at a firing range in Kara Tepe to house the displaced migrants and refugees from Moria after this was burned down, comparing this with the conditions at the Moria camp when he took over.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected tonight in Attica, with the weather expected to improve as of tomorrow afternoon. The temperature will reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius.