All of the leadership team of Golden Dawn, which has been ruled a criminal organisation, will go straight to jail as their sentences will not be suspended pending appeal, according to the decision announced by the Athens Appeals Court conducting the Golden Dawn trial earlier this afternoon.
The court has suspended the sentences of only 12 of those found guilty, among them former MPs Michail Arvanitis, Eleni Zaroulia, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos, Stathis Boukouras and Dimitris Koukoutsis.
The Prime Minister will make a public address at 7 pm, where he is expected to announce new measures in areas with high alert, after the aggressive spike in coronavirus infections, which yesterday alone reached 865.
“I will have the opportunity this afternoon to address the Greek people, to explain where we are and what are the additional measures we need to take,” he told President Katerina Sakellaropoulou during a meeting at the Presidential Mansion.
“We are facing the second wave of the pandemic. We are still doing better than the rest of Europe, but that is not a consolation,” he added.
Mitsotakis also chaired a meeting of health experts today to discuss whether to impose additional restrictions to regions which have seen a dynamic increase in infections.
Possible measures being considered include a public curfew from 12.30 a.m. until 5 a.m. – with the key aim being to curb outdoor parties and gatherings – as well as the mandatory use of face masks everywhere and a possible ban on travel outside the region
The 113 coronavirus infections in Kastoria, NW Greece show an “aggressive spike”, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said on Wednesday, noting that the median age of infected individuals is 37 years.
Speaking after a meeting with three mayors of the area and the region’s leaders, Hardalias said the coronavirus situation at Kastoria is critical and needs to be dealt with immediately.
What also worries epidemiologists who monitor the area is that “active cases are associated with local clusters that act as pockets of mass dispersal,” he added.
Asked whether Kastoria will be placed under Level-4 alert, the highest rung of coronavirus measures, as was the case with Kozani, he stressed that “the next 24 hours are critical, as the outbreak of the virus must be halted,” but the decision to increase the area’s emergency level also dependes on the committee of health experts.
And the weather forecast…
Cloudy in Attica today with the temperature expected to reach a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius.