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Τρίτη, 31 Ιανουαρίου, 2023

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Τρίτη, 31 Ιανουαρίου, 2023

News in brief


The Trainose route from Athens to Chalkida has been disrupted, after a rock fell on the rails at the level of Malakasa.

Moreover, the heavy rainfall has caused serious flooding in several areas of the country, including Attica. The fire brigade received more than 125 calls last night.

The electric railway routes between Irakleio and Eirini are suspended at this hour, as a tree has fallen on the rails.

Greece reported 295 new confirmed novel coronavirus infections on Monday, with 48 people linked to known clusters and 40 cases detected at the country’s entry points.
In addition, another 7 deaths were reported on Monday, which raises the total number of fatalities to 456, of whom 174 were women.

Turkey proceeded with what was seen as a serious escalation of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean on Monday with the new navigational advisory, or navtex, it issued for exploratory activities by its Oruc Reis survey vessel in a region reaching up to 6.5 nautical miles from Kastellorizo, which is an area where Greece reserves the right to extend its sovereignty from 6 to 12 nautical miles.
Despite the fact that Athens remains, in principle, in favor of dialogue, it is becoming increasingly clear that, at this stage at least, it will be extremely difficult for exploratory contacts to resume.
Turkey should refrain from provocation in a gas dispute in the eastern Mediterranean, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday, adding Germany stood in solidarity with Cyprus and Greece as EU partners.
“Ankara must end the interplay between detente and provocation if the government is interested in talks – as it has repeatedly affirmed,” Maas said in Berlin before his flight to Cyprus and Greece.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told European Council President Charles Michel on Monday that progress was needed on improving ties between Ankara and the bloc, the Turkish presidency said, amid renewed tensions between Turkey and Greece over the eastern Mediterranean.
In a statement, the presidency said Erdogan told Michel in a phone call that Turkey expected “concrete steps” from the EU on holding a regional conference with eastern Mediterranean states, and that Greece was “continuing steps to escalate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean despite Turkey’s well-intentioned approach”.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with the foreign ministers of Canada and Germany today.
The Greek premier will meet with Canada’s Francois-Philippe Champagne at 1 p.m. and with Germany’s Heiko Maas at 7 p.m.

The Athens metro system staff have called a work stoppage on Thursday (October 15) from 14:00 to 17:00, calling for replacement parts and materials, more hires, and free coronavirus tests on workers.
The work stoppage will affect the red and blue metro lines, the electric train (Isap) and the tram.

A man in the United States has caught Covid twice, with the second infection becoming far more dangerous than the first, doctors report.
The 25-year-old needed hospital treatment after his lungs could not get enough oxygen into his body.
Reinfections remain rare and he has now recovered.
But the study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases raises questions about how much immunity can be built up to the virus.
The man from Nevada had no known health problems or immune defects that would make him particularly vulnerable to Covid.

President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail less than two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus.
Thousands gathered at an outdoor rally in Sanford, Florida, where a defiant Mr Trump made the first of four planned campaign stops over the next four days in battleground states.
The president and rival Joe Biden are scrambling to secure votes with three weeks until the 3 November election.
On Monday Mr Biden spoke in Ohio, another swing state.

And the weather forecast…
Rainy in Attica this morning with a gradual improvement within the day. The temperature will reach a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius.