A police operation is underway in the area of Exarcheia, downtown Athens, in order to evacuate a building seized by anarchist groups.
Amid continuing concerns about the rise in coronavirus infections, health authorities were on alert on Wednesday after 35 residents of a retirement home in Agios Panteleimonas tested positive for the virus.
The government’s chief epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras and Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias visited the home where other residents and staff were to be tested. “Things are not going well in Athens,” Tsiodras said, referring to the course of the virus in the capital, noting that such outbreaks at retirement homes are usually triggered by staff.
Another 354 new infections were announced on Wednesday – 195 of them in Attica which has seen the largest concentration of cases in recent weeks – while three new deaths were reported. The total number of cases is now 18,475 with the death toll at 391.
Meanwhile health authorities have advised the residents of five villages in the areas of Thiva and Halkida to stay home following a spike in cases there.
Two hundred KTEL buses will be added to the OASA bus fleet as of today and until the end of the month, in order for commuters to be able to travel with more safety. There will be more frequent routes, especially to remote destinations, such as Pallini, Rafina and Pendeli.
Ahead of the two-day extraordinary European Council meeting that starts today in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested on Wednesday that Greece and Turkey had come close to war during their protracted summer standoff in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“It’s hard to imagine how small the distance between military conflict and peaceful settlement can get in some cases,” Merkel told a session of the German lower house of parliament.
“Tensions with Greece and the Greek-Cypriot side are high, yet Turkey is a NATO partner. And it shows remarkable efforts in hosting refugees,” Merkel told the Bundestag.
“We should balance our relations carefully and focus on cooperation,” she said, describing relations with Turkey as “multidimensional.”
For his part, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a message to Turkey on Wednesday saying that the “successful” visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Greece would strengthen the country’s position at the EU Council meeting.
Greek President Katerina Sakellariou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presided over the unveiling of a new lighting system designed by Eleftheria Deko to illuminate the Parthenon on Wednesday night.
The ceremony on Pnyx Hill was also attended by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and the president of Onassis Foundation, Antonis Papadimitriou, which has helped bankroll the project to showcase the splendid world heritage monument.
The new lighting of the Acropolis is live-streamed on the of the Culture Ministry website – digitalculture.gov.gr – on the YouTube channel of the Onassis Foundation and live broadcast by public broadcaster ERT1.
According to a culture ministry announcement, this is the first of a series of projects aimed at upgrading the Acropolis’ infrastructure and services, funded by the Onassis Foundation.
Αnd the weather forecast…
Sunny in Attica today with the temperature expected to reach a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius.