CORONAVIRUS | Greece Extends Coronavirus Lockdown By A Week To May 4

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece on Thursday extended its general coronavirus lockdown by a week to May 4, saying any relaxation would be staggered over May and June.

Greek authorities imposed a blanket shutdown of public life from mid-March to stem coronavirus contagion, and the country has recorded a significantly lower outbreak of the COVID-19 respiratory disease than many other European nations.

Restrictions, which allow people to move around only with an official permit, will be extended to May 4 from April, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told a news briefing.

‘The objective of the confinement measures is not to remain in a glass bowl, stuck in our homes. The objective is to take our lives back and win back our way of life which was temporarily deprived of us by this cunning and invisible enemy’, Petas said.

By Wednesday evening, Greece had reported 2,408 cases of COVID-19 and 121 deaths.

The country shut schools and places where large numbers of people congregate on March 10, followed by strict restrictions on movement from March 23.


NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Downs Houthi Drones Launched At Najran

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the Saudi border city of Najran on Wednesday in the first such incident since late March. There was no immediate comment from the Houthi group about the attack, which comes … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Downs Houthi Drones Launched At Najran

SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

NEW YORK  – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Without offering evidence, Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: ‘Republicans feel … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece will allow travellers from around two dozen countries including Germany, Cyprus and Israel to visit from mid-June without having to be quarantined, government officials said, part of gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. ‘Travel will be some 20-25 countries whose nationals will be allowed to come’, a government source said, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will travel to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday and planned to discuss major investments in infrastructure as a way to jumpstart a U.S. economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo also told a daily briefing on Tuesday he planned to accelerate … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Extend Tourist Visas For Three Month Free Of Charge

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will extend tourist visas which expired during the suspension of international flight amid the coronavirus pandemic automatically for a period of three months free of charge, according to an official statement. The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports announced that the General Directorate of Passport would extend the visas … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Extend Tourist Visas For Three Month Free Of Charge

BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

PARIS | FRANCE – President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan on Tuesday to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urge French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country. French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense received a phone call from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. During the conversation, they exchanged congratulation on the … Continue reading News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday May 31, after more than two months of suspension amid strict measures to help curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of June 14, Minister of Human Resources Ahmed … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Monday the easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outbreak. Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Makkah – from June … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Allow Mosques To Open For Friday Prayers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers, state TV reported on Tuesday, as the Kingdom eases restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Mosques will be authorized to open 20 minutes before Friday prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish, state TV … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Allow Mosques To Open For Friday Prayers

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