Authorities in Greece are closer to imposing new restrictive measures. Final announcements are most likely to be made tomorrow, however a regional lockdown in Attica is a possible option, as government spokesman Stelios Petsas hinted yesterday.
Greek health authorities announced on Wednesday 358 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number to 16,286. 194 of these cases were recorded in Attica.
The National Organization of Public Health (EODY) also reported five deaths. The median age of those who died is 78.
There are also 73 patients, with a median age of 68, hooked on ventilators.
Intensive care units in Attica are under pressure as Covid-19 admissions continue to grow, a health official warned Wednesday.
Meanwhile, government officials appealed to the public to observe restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus as a top prosecutor called for the arrest of individuals who refuse to wear a face mask where required and incite others to do the same.
State hospital doctors are holding a 24hour strike today and have called a rally at noon outside the Ministry of Health. They demand the immediate hiring of doctors and nurses.
At noon actor unions are holding a protest outside the Ministry of Labor, reacting to the government’s decision to suspend open air theater shows.
All ships are docked at ports across the country, due to the 24 hour strike called by seamen unions in Piraeus.
Teachers a holding a rally today at 11.30 at Propylaia, central Athens.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday spoke with both European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, separately, ahead of a European Union leaders summit on October 1-2 that is expected to focus on Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In a post on Twitter, von der Leyen referred to a “very useful exchange,” adding that she welcomed the planned launch of exploratory contacts with Greece, “which are essential for stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and for a constructive relationship with the EU.”
However, according to a Cypriot government spokesman, von der Leyen told Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades that she had told Erdogan the EC will be forced to take action if Turkey’s illegal activities against Cyprus do not stop.
Stoltenberg, for his part, repeated to Erdogan the importance of dialogue and de-escalation of tensions, according to a NATO statement.
Ηeavy rainfall was reported yesterday at western Greece. A tourist was injured at Ilia Prefecture, while damages were recorded in Patras and Corfu island.
Two officers have been shot as thousands of people protest in the US city of Louisville after a grand jury decided no-one would be charged with the death of Breonna Taylor.
Ms Taylor, 26, a hospital worker, was shot multiple times as officers stormed her home on 13 March.
Two other officers face no charges.
Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the officers conditions are not life-threatening.
He added that a suspect is in custody.
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisville and the National Guard have also been deployed.
And the weather forecast…
Cloudy this morning in Attica, with the temperature expected to reach a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius.