Greece

    • EU health body marks in dark red Greek islands over Covid-19

      EU health body marks in dark red Greek islands over Covid-19

      Greece's south Aegean islands were marked dark red on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's Covid-19 map on Thursday after a rise in infections, meaning all but essential travel to and from the region is discouraged, Reuters reported. The cluster of 13 islands includes Greece's most popular destinations for foreign tourists - Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes - which, combined, draw millions of people every summer.

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    • Police in Athens use tear gas, water cannon in a protest against vaccination

      Police in Athens use tear gas, water cannon in a protest against vaccination

      Greek police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a demonstration by vaccination opponents in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Wednesday. The approximately 3,000 demonstrators, including many professing to be religious adherents, were protesting against coronavirus measures that increase pressure on vaccination refusers to get vaccinated, state radio and journalists  on the scene reported.

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    • Greek Orthodox Church launches campaign to help Covid vaccination

      Greek Orthodox Church launches campaign to help Covid vaccination

      The Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church has written a circular with 12 questions and answers on the subject of the Covid-19 vaccination, which is to be read out to the faithful in the churches of the country, dpa reported. The four-page letter, which the Greek newspaper Kathimerini published on Tuesday evening, does not only deal with medical questions such as the effect of the vaccination against the Delta variant of the virus. It also addresses common conspiracy theories.

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    • Covid outbreak: Greece bans music in bars, restaurants on Mykonos

      Covid outbreak: Greece bans music in bars, restaurants on Mykonos

      Greece banned music in restaurants and bars and restricted movement on its popular holiday island of Mykonos on Saturday after a rise in new coronavirus infections there, Reuters reported. Known as the party island of the super-rich, Mykonos is one of Greece's most popular destinations, attracting more than a million visitors each summer, among them Hollywood stars, models and world-famous athletes.

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    • Thousands protest in Greece against the pressure to get vaccinated

      Thousands protest in Greece against the pressure to get vaccinated

      Around 4,000 people protested in Athens on Wednesday against a package of new coronavirus rules that ramp up the pressure on the public to get vaccinated, dpa reported. Alongside the thousands that turned out in front of the Greek parliament in Athens, police said several hundred people also took to the streets in the cities of Thessaloniki and Heraklion for the same reason.

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    • Greek government takes steps to encourage people to get vaccinated

      Greek government takes steps to encourage people to get vaccinated

      In Greece, only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are to be allowed to eat inside restaurants and enter indoor cultural institutions, the prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday, as part of government plans to encourage take-up of the jab, dpa reported. Vaccination is also to be made mandatory for those working in the health sector or caring for the elderly, who otherwise may be exempted from work, Mitsotakis said.

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    • Greece introduces stricter anti-coronavirus measures on ferries

      Greece introduces stricter anti-coronavirus measures on ferries

      New coronavirus rules apply on Greek ferries from Monday. Travellers must present at least one negative rapid coronavirus test no more than 48 hours old when starting their journey. Also valid is a PCR test of no more than 72 hours or proof of a complete vaccination or recovery from a coronavirus infection, dpa reported. The measures have been introduced due to an increase in new coronavirus infections in Greece.

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    • Greek rescue fund cuts stake in Alpha Bank to 9%

      Greek rescue fund cuts stake in Alpha Bank to 9%

      The Greek state rescue fund for troubled banks HFSF announced it had taken part in local Alpha Bank's 800 million euro share offering only partially and thus decreased its stake to 9% from previous 11%. The fund still remained the biggest stockholder in the financial institution, Reuters elaborated.

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    • Young Greeks given cash to get vaccinated

      Young Greeks given cash to get vaccinated

      Greece will give young adults €150 to get vaccinated, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Monday. Starting July 15, Greek citizens under 26 would be eligible for the credit in a digital wallet after receiving the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine. The effort is a part of Athens' two-tier access policy over the summer.

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