Athens News

A worker at Israel’s embassy in Athens has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and appears to have passed the pathogen to two family members, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

The worker was on the same flight from Tel Aviv to Athens as a group of Greek tourists who visited Israel and the West Bank and were later found to have contracted the virus.

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Italy is effectively on lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The government has extended to the whole of the country the restrictions it had introduced previously in Milan, Venice and surrounding areas. The measures include curtailing freedom of movement, canceling all public events, shutting down museums and most public places and closing all schools and universities.

That means a nation of 60 million is sequestered indoors, and tourism, while not banned outright, will become extremely difficult. Flights into and out of the country are still operating and hotels are functioning, but pretty much all tourist sights are closed.

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Athens International Airport (AIA) recently presented its annual awards to the airlines that achieved the fastest development and the highest increases in passenger volumes in their scheduled services during 2019.

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The plan of creating a modern intercity bus terminal for the Greek capital of Athens revives once again. According to information on ypo, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport is currently developing an implementation plan based on the available study carried out by NTUA.

Based on a well-informed source there will be a need for a rationalization of the project’s budget, which is estimated at 200m euros, while the Ministry’s calculations find that an amount close to 100m euros is enough.

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ATHENS – The transformation of the once forlorn port of Piraeus outside Athens by the Chinese company COSCO got another boost when top officials of global cruise tourism giants Carnival and Royal Caribbean said the destination could lure more big liners.

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The makeover planned for the area surrounding the Lycabettus Hill theater in central Athens will focus on highlighting the rocky landscape and the sweeping views of the capital, according to Topio7 architecture and landscape design firm which recently won the competition to undertake the project.

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The future of the cruise is uncertain and in the port of Katakolo, which is one of the top ports – destinations in Greece, the anxiety is obvious.

The image of the port, even after the lifting of the restrictions on the movement or even the reopening of the catering sector a little later, does not seem to change, since the whole market is based on the traffic from the cruise.

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With over 900 feet Lycabettus the highest hill of Athens. Up here you will surely have the best view over the whole city. Normally, I would go up walking but with a bruised knee it’s not the best idea. So I thought I should be smart and take the cable car to go up. Little did I know, I had to face a lot of stairs and steep streets to get to the cable car.

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