Greece bans gatherings ahead of uprising anniversary

Greece
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 0:42 GMT
Primary schools and kindergartens also shut to contain COVID-19 A four-day ban throughout Greece was put into effect on Sunday for all gatherings of more than four people, police announced Sunday. The ban comes ahead of the anniversary of a major 1973 st...
Greece bans gatherings ahead of uprising anniversary

Primary schools and kindergartens also shut to contain COVID-19

A four-day ban throughout Greece was put into effect on Sunday for all gatherings of more than four people, police announced Sunday.

The ban comes ahead of the anniversary of a major 1973 student protest against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974.

Violators will be fined with a €300 ($355), and can reach up to €5,000 ($5,917) for organizers.

Known as the Athens Polytechnic uprising, the student protests that started on November 14, 1973, saw at least 24 people killed and it is considered to have broken the junta's grip on power.

Coronavirus

Deaths due to the novel coronavirus crossed 1,000 on Saturday, with 38 new fatalities, health authorities reported.

As many as 2,835 new cases were also recorded, pushing the caseload to 72,510.

The country has been under a lockdown since Nov. 7 amid a rise in infections. Residents are only allowed to leave their homes after sending a text message.

Primary schools and kindergartens have also been ordered to shut until Nov. 27.

Kozani mink culling

Meanwhile, a fur farm in Kozani, a city in northern Greece, started culling 2,500 minks infected with coronavirus, an agricultural ministry official said.

​​​​​​​The process will take two days, and the animals will be buried in 4 meter deep trenches in a specially designated area.

The development comes days after Danish authorities launched a plan to cull of millions of animals to fight an outbreak of COVID-19 among the animals and staff.

Fur trade is an important local industry in Kozani.

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