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1,211 Covid-19 cases and 12 fatalities announced Thursday in Greece

Greece confirmed 1,211 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, of which 47 relate to known clusters, and 35 were identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said, according to ANA. So far Greece has registered 35,510 infections, of which 4,043 are related to travel abroad and 12,843 to already confirmed cases. The number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) rose to 114, from 108 on Wednesday.  EODY also confirmed another 12 deaths, bringing fatalities to a total of 615. The median age of the deceased was 79 years and 96.3 pct of them had an underlying condition and/or were aged 70 or more. In addition, 234 of them were women. In a statement the same day, Deputy Civil Protection Minister for Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said that the infection threat level for the regions of Larissa (central Greece), Thessaloniki, and Rodopi (NE Greece) will be raised to 4, the highest alarm, as of 06:00 on Friday. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Pitichinaccio Let's block ads! (Why?)

130,000 rapid Covid-19 tests sent to hospitals and health centres in Greece

Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said that 130,000 rapid Covid-19 tests were sent yesterday to all the Hospitals and Health Centres across the country, in order to facilitate and speed up the examination process, which must be carried out on the medical staff, as well as to the ER units, the patients, and all those in need, protothema.gr reports. Speaking to state broadcaster ERT on Thursday, the Minister of Health appealed to the elderly and vulnerable groups who are most at risk to be particularly careful. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek supermarket to offer cashback and booking services through Viva Wallet

My Market supermarket chain and e-payments provider Viva Wallet are teaming up to offer customers the ability to withdraw cash, pay utility bills, and book tickets for travel and entertainment at the supermarket's physical outlets, My Market announced on Thursday, according to ANA. Using their Mastercard or Visa cards, customers can withdraw up to 100 euros from an in-shop Viva Wallet terminal, pay over 260 types of public and private company bills, and complete purchases across some 90,000 merchants affiliated with Viva Wallet. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Hyper nova Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek PM to announce “action plan” to contain spreading of COVID-19 (video)

Trying to avoid a second lockdown, Greek Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to reveal what he called a one-month “action plan” to slow the spread of a resurging COVID-19 pandemic that has seen cases and deaths jump alarmingly.  That's due to be announced Oct. 30 after two more regions were locked down and now the country's second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki set to also to be added to the list of those hardest hit, including Larissa. “As in the first phase, when we took action early on, we must take tougher measures again and earlier than other European countries to prevent the worst, save lives and reduce the pressure on the health system,” he told his ministers during a teleconference, said Kathimerini. The government had already extended mandatory mask-wearing to outdoors and barred public and private gatherings while imposing a curfew from 12:30-5 a.m. for areas with the most cases, but hasn't moved to shut down nightclubs. But Mitsotakis said shops and schools will remain open without indicating how that would slow the pandemic as those are places where people gather, some still refuse to wear masks or stay a required social distance of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) apart from each other. “I will say again that our goal remains to avoid a universal lockdown, so we will proceed to further strengthen the targeted restrictions,” he told the Cabinet, said Kathimerini, the government anxious to avoid a further hit to the economy. He said the next two weeks will be “crucial” and called on each ministry to ensure the implementation of the law, such as teleworking. Mitsotakis said he believed Greece is two to three weeks behind other European countries in the development of the second wave of the pandemic with France already locking down again showing the fight against COVID-19 is being lost. He said that the government will step up targeted restrictions in order to avoid a full lockdown but stressed that their implementation "must be absolute,” the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported. Mitsotakis, credited with holding down the number of cases and deaths when he locked down the country on March 23 for up to 10 weeks for non-essential businesses, has been reluctant to do it again with the economy struggling. Adding to the dilemma has been the refusal of some to wear masks or not to gather, especially the young, with the average age of those infected dropping, although the elderly and those with multiple or underlying conditions are the most susceptible to the disease. A record 1,547 cases pushed the total near the 35,000 mark and deaths were 603 before calculating the numbers for Oct. 29 with signs that it's still spinning almost out of control.  Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Retail stores to be closed in Greece on Sunday, November 1, due to Covid-19

Retail stores will be closed on Sunday, November 1, due to the pandemic, ANA reports. The General Secretariat for Trade and Consumer Protection of the Development and Investment Ministry informed consumers and firms that, due to the emergency measures taken to address and limit the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, the stores will not open on Sunday, November 1. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

International Air Transport Association enhances Travel Industry Designator Service (TIDS)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has enhanced its Travel Industry Designator Service (TIDS) and will also no longer charge travel agencies to use the service. With the improved overall user experience, agencies can now self-manage their profile online, simplifying the processes for both themselves and the travel suppliers. TIDS is an IATA program that provides a unique identification code for travel agents and sales intermediaries (such as meeting planners and event organizers) who are not IATA-Accredited Agents and are located outside of the USA. As new booking sources and platforms emerge in the distribution space, industry suppliers face a growing challenge in identifying booking and sales intermediaries. In response, IATA with the support of its airline members has revamped the TIDS program to better address the needs of the industry and make TIDS the standard of identification for non-IATA Accredited agencies. ‘’In this unprecedented situation owing to COVID-19, we hope this action helps our TIDS partners to immediately benefit from IATA’s improved platform,’’ said Harsha Krishnan, IATA’s Head of Travel and Tourism. For more details, visit https://www.iata.org/tids/ RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Deposits in Cyprus reach 6-month high in September due to debt payment holiday

Deposits in the Cyprus banking system amounted to €48 billion in September, reaching the highest point in the last six months, mainly due to the increase in deposits of non-financial corporations, CNA reports. Based on data released by the Central Bank of Cyprus, adjusted for foreign currency exchange rates, total deposits in September 2020 recorded a net increase of €36.2 million. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Europa credito urgente Let's block ads! (Why?)

IATA Director General’s remarks on COVID-19 outbreak on 27 October 2020

IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac made the following remarks during a media briefing on COVID-19 outbreak: To survive, airlines will need to bring costs in line with revenues. Doing that is a difficult balancing act because airlines must also preserve the capability to be able to safely and efficiently ramp up operations when demand picks up. This is particularly challenging when you consider licensed personnel with long training periods. And that uptick in demand looks like it will take much longer than anybody could have anticipated. This crisis is not a few months of downturn. We are looking at much more than a year of severely depressed demand. The decisions taken in the next weeks and months to manage through the crisis will re-set aviation’s trajectory for several years to come. Careful management of costs will likely not see costs fall in proportion to reductions in flying. Even with severe fleet reductions, price reductions from lessors are limited and the larger proportion of short-haul flying will force fleet unit costs upwards. Although fuel costs have fallen with the reduction in flying, there is an expectation of higher fuel prices in 2021. In the same way, although infrastructure costs have fallen in line with the drop in demand, our infrastructure partners will need to find solutions—including government relief—to fill budget gaps without increasing costs to airlines. Labor is another major cost item. We are seeing significant job loss announcements as airlines try to adjust the size of the workforce. To maintain last year’s level of labor productivity (ASKs/employee), employment would need to be cut 40%. Further jobs losses or pay cuts would be required to bring unit labor costs down to the lowest point of recent years, a reduction of 52% from 2020 Q3 levels Today’s analysis is yet another reminder of the need for our two most fundamental requests of governments in this crisis: Continued financial relief, in forms that do not increase the debt burden, and Using systematic pre-departure testing to safely re-open borders without quarantine measures Other Issues Although the news is bleak, I’d also like to remind everyone that the crisis has not killed the dedication of aviation to continuous improvements. And I have three examples of that this week: Yesterday I signed an agreement with the World Meteorological Organization aimed at expanding the number of airlines providing weather data during flight operations. This will help make up for the gap created by the sharp reduction in flying. This data collection supports better weather forecasting which has many uses, including safe flight operations. As we speak, the Global Accessibility Symposium has kicked off with airlines and regulators looking for ways to make travel better for passengers with disabilities—during the crisis and beyond. And last week we had the good news that aircraft will be able to overfly Israel and Jordan, making flight routings more efficient from fuel and environmental perspective. These developments are reminders that aviation is a responsible industry. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: World Trade Organization  Let's block ads! (Why?)

New record with 1259 Covid-19 cases and 102 people intubated in Greece

A new negative record of cases in our country was announced today by EODY while for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic the number of intubated patients exceeded 100, protothema.gr reports. Specifically, EODY announced the third 1.259 new cases of coronavirus in the country, of which 112 are associated with known cases and 62 were identified after checks at the country borders. The total number of cases is 32.752, of which 55,5% are men. Following the shock of 1.259 cases in 24 hours, Professor Sotiris Tsiodras went to the briefing. A total of 3.950 (12,1%) cases are considered related to travel from abroad while 12.381 (37,8%) are related to an already known case. Twelve fatalities were recorded on Tuesday and 593 deaths in total in the country, 225 (37,9%) women and the rest men. Their median age was 79 years and 96,1% while some underlying condition and/or age 70 years. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Northern Greece coronavirus hot spot but no new measures announced

The soaring number of COVID-19 cases in northern Greece around the country's second-largest city and major port of Thessaloniki has authorities on alert but the New Democracy government isn't planning more health protocols there. That's despite the jumping figures, with no plans to close bars or restaurants earlier even though they are major gathering spots where the virus can spread, government spokesman Stelios Petsas saying no more measures are coming. That news came after another 715 cases of the Coronavirus were reported Oct. 26, along with seven deaths, bringing the total numbers to 31,496 infections and 581 fatalities, both rising fast since August.  Some 95 more people were put on ventilators in hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU's) with beds running out even though the capacity had been more than doubled during the seven-month pandemic, with help from the Diaspora. Of the new infections, 260 were recorded in Attica, the prefecture including Greece's capital of Athens, with 84 in Thessaloniki and double-digit figures in several other northern cities, including Ioannina with 52 and Serres with 31.  In Serres, national health agency EODY workers confirmed 13 coronavirus infections in a nursing home, the fourth hit with a cluster. The patients are seven elderly residents who were asymptomatic but nevertheless transferred to Thessaloniki’s AHEPA Hospital, as well as six staff members as the government is trying to contain the spread of the virus. Petsas said authorities were particularly concerned about the situation in Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Serres, which Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas described as “one step away” from lockdown, said Kathimerini. Petsas said authorities would take all necessary action to avoid the virus spreading across the country from the worst-hit regions but didn't explain the contradiction of not taking action in northern Greece. He said plans for additional restrictions – beyond the nighttime curfews and mandatory face mask regulations that came into effect on Oct. 24 are not in play after he said all necessary actions would be taken but weren't. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)