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Seismologists on alert as “twin earthquakes” rattle Central Greece

Greek seismologists are on alert after an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rattled Central Greece at 8:38 on Thursday evening. The earthquake occurred in the same epicenter as the 6R a day earlier and caught seismologists by surprise as it was not an aftershock but a new earthquake. …

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Finance ministry freezes payment of taxpayers’ debt until the end of 2021

Greece’s Finance Ministry announced late on Tuesday that was freezing until the end of the year all taxpayers’ debts worth around 1.0 billion euros which were suspended until April 30, 2021. According to an announcement the ministry doubles the number of installments in the repayment of these debts, to 48 …

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Govt response to pandemic “chaotic and nonsensical” says Tsipras

In strongly-worded criticism leader of main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance and former PM Alexis Tsipras accused Mitsotakis’ government of having a “chaotic and nonsensical” response to the pandemic. He also accussed the Prime Minister of “insisting on mistaken European initiatives” with respect to suspending patents for vaccines to speed up production. …

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Halkidiki, Lassithi, Zakynthos placed in tougher lockdown regime

The Greek Civil Protection placed the regional units of Halkidiki, Lassithi and Zakynthos in regime of tougher lockdown due to high epidemiological load. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Civil protection said that the new regime goes into forces from 06:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2021. The measures that …

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Half of Greeks unable to cope with bills due to pandemic, survey finds

Greeks ranked lowest among 24 countries in Europe for the second time in terms of their ability to pay their bills in 2020, according to the annual European Payment Report published by Intrum. The survey also found that nearly half saw their incomes drop as a result of the coronavirus …

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Greece’s Hospital workers demand mass recruitment due to pandemic

Workers in Greece’s public hospitals mobilized on Thursday demanding more personnel and more measures against the pandemic. The protest took place on the background of 10 health workers who died of Covid-19 in hospitals across the country, another 9 currently intubated in ICUs. At the same time they denounce that …

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Parliament Budget Office: Pandemic 2. wave intensifies risks for the economy

The Budget Office of the Greek Parliament said in a report released on Tuesday that the negative repercussions of the pandemic remain manageable in the short-term but the second wave of the pandemic intensifies the uncertainty and medium-term risks for the economy. In the medium-term, positive economic prospects are based …

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PPC cuts power supply to single-parent family with 3 kids amid the pandemic

While citizens are being tested in the most severe way due to the economic impact of the pandemic, power cuts continue leaving low-income families without light, heating and even education. Due to debts to the Public Power Company PPC, a single-parent family with three children was left in the darkness …

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Greece’s economy sinks -11.7% in Q3 2020

Greek economy sank to -11.7% in the third quarter of 2020 and it looks as if the opening of tourism with restrictions did not pay off. The Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announced on Friday the Gross Domestic Product for the 3rdquarter of 2020. Q2 2020: -14.1% (pandemic lockdown) Q3 2020: …

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City of Serres to donate Christmas decoration money for ICU beds

Authorities in the city of Serres in northern Greece hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic said Thursday scrap plans to set up Christmas decorations and a nativity scene this year to donate the money to the local hospital’s intensive care ward. “We have decided to use the funds to pay …

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Drama hospital strains due to Covid-patients influx, Health Minister blames the locals

The hospital in Drama, north Greece, is suffocating: Covid-19 beds exceed half of the hospital capacity, admissions keep growing. However, for Health Minister Vasislis Kikilias, the problem does not lie in the hospital itself but in the city that has a lot of infections. The hospital is suffocating, the staff …

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