2020

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Events

January

February

  • February 24: The Athens Stock Exchange index crashes with a drop of 8.36%.
  • February 26: Violent protests break out on the island of Lesbos over the proposed construction of new migrant camps.
  • February 26: First person in Greece diagnosed with the Coronavirus.
  • February 29: Turkey sends thousands of illegal migrants to the Greek border where they are met by riot police and army units.

March

  • March 5: It is announced that, so far, 31 Greeks have been infected by the Coronavirus. At Rethymno, the local university closes for three days, due to a suspected case, while Panteios suspends classes for two.
  • March 11: Schools and nurseries throughout Greece are closed for two weeks due to the Coronavirus.
  • March 12: Greece reports its first fatality from a coronavirus infection: a 66-year-old man who had returned from a religious pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt at the end of February.
  • March 13: Katerina Sakellaropoulou is sworn in as President of Greece.
  • March 14: Two more people die in Greece from coronavirus infection, bringing the toll to three.
  • March 20: The coronavirus infection claims its 10th victim in Greece. The latest victim is a woman - the previous nine were all men.
  • March 21: An earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, strikes Parga and the surrounding area.

April

  • April 14: Two people in Greece die of coronavirus pushing the total to 101.

May

  • May 2: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale strikes the seacoast south of Ierapetra, Crete, causing a mini-tsunami.
  • May 4: Greece begins to ease the restrictions imposed because of the Covid19 virus. Small shops are now allowed to re-open.
  • May 16: Four men die in a cave in Loutraki while searching for German World War II-loot.

June

  • June 4: Haris Alexiou announces her retirement during an interview on the TV show “Katalili ora” due to persisting voice problems.
  • June 16: PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis pays an official visit to Israel - his first since the outbreak of the Covid19 virus.

July

August

September

October

Deaths

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June

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August

September