Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has offered condolences and expressed his solidarity with the people of Austria after the nation suffered a suspected Islamist extremist attack.
“Shocked by the horrific attacks in Vienna. I have conveyed to [Chancellor] Sebastian Kurz our full solidarity,” Mitsotakis tweeted.
“Our thoughts are with the people in Vienna and the authorities dealing with the situation. Our hearts, with the victims and their loved ones. Europe stands united against terror,” he added.Austrian police are searching for at least one suspect after a multiple gun attack in the capital, Vienna, that left three people dead.
About a dozen other people have been wounded – some seriously – after gunmen opened fire at six different locations in the city centre on Monday evening.
One suspect was shot dead by police, officials said.
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer described the assailant killed by police as an “Islamist terrorist”.
Addressing a news conference, he said the attacker was an Islamic State (IS) sympathiser and that the suspect’s home had been searched and video material seized. Police tweeted that he had been wearing a fake explosive belt.
The shootings broke out near Vienna’s central synagogue but it is not yet clear if that was the target. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called it a “repulsive terror attack”.
The attack happened just hours before Austria imposed new national restrictions to try to stem rising cases of coronavirus. Many people were out enjoying bars and restaurants before they closed at midnight.
The government is considering broadening nationwide the full lockdown announced for Thessaloniki on Monday if a raft of new restrictions that come into effect on Tuesday morning do not flatten a spike in coronavirus infections.
Amid growing concerns about the rising number of patients in intensive care, government spokesman Stelios Petsas on Monday announced a full lockdown for both Thessaloniki and Serres – to apply from this morning for two weeks.
Citizens in both those regional units will be required to send an SMS to the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, citing their reason for leaving their home, a measure enforced in the spring lockdown during the first wave of the pandemic.
A public curfew will apply from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. During those times, people will only be able to leave the house for health or work reasons, Petsas said. All non-essential flights to and from Thessaloniki will be suspended.
The government is ready to roll out the “Thessaloniki model” across the country if similar outbreaks occur. There is particular concern about whether greater Athens might have “hidden infections” due to its large population.
Greece confirmed 1,152 new coronavirus cases on Monday, of which 96 are linked to known clusters of infection and 33 were identified at entry points to the country, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY).
A total of 153 individuals are intubated.
EODY also registered 7 new deaths, bringing coronavirus fatalities to 642 in total.
The Municipality of Athens has started collecting long-life foods and basic necessities for the earthquake victims of Samos, it announced on Monday.
The collection point is at the municipality’s aid center located at Domokou 2 Street, opposite the Larissis train station in central Athens.
Foods and goods donations will be accepted there daily between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00 until Sunday November 6.
A total of 300 buildings on the Aegean island of Samos have so far been judged to be temporarily unsafe to inhabit among those inspected by infrastructure ministry civil engineers up until late on Sunday.
Athens’ first ever official mosque began operating on Monday, welcoming Muslims for prayer after a 14-year wait since procedures were first launched.
“A long effort by successive governments since 2006, when Law 3512 was passed, has been completed. Greece sends a clear message inside and outside the country, of democracy, religious freedom and respect,” said General Secretary of Religions Giorgos Kalantzis.
Prayers were held at the mosque, located at 144 Iera Odos in the Votanikos district, in strict adherence to social distancing rules and other safety measures enforced across Greece to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The mosque’s first imam is Moroccan-born Zaki Mohammed, 49, a Greek citizen.
Millions of Americans will head to the polls in person on Tuesday, adding their ballots to the more than 99 million already cast by early voters
Record early voting has been fuelled by the pandemic and the US is on course for its highest electoral turnout in more than a century.
Αnd the weather forecast…
Cloudy in Attica today with the temperature expected to reach a maximum of 22 degrees Celsius.