79 Million Euro Bonus to Healthcare Workers Paid out on Thursday

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Customers, some wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus wait outside a bank during a lockdown order by the Greek government in Athens on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Police were called into to keep order outside some banks, to avoid crowds gathering amid circulation restrictions due to the COVID-19. Many pensioners collect their monthly checks at the bank despite available online options. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ATHENS - The payout of a 79-million-euro coronavirus bonus to 113,780 doctors, nurses, Ambulance Emergency Response (EKAV) and Civil Protection staff began on Thursday, the Finance Ministry reported.

The one-off bonus is given by the state in recognition of the healthcare workers’ "exceptional social contribution to the crucial battle against the coronavirus pandemic," said a ministry statement.

At the same time the Finance Ministry announced an extension to April 21 of the deadline for applications submitted by coronavirus-afflicted small and medium-sized businesses for a refundable advance totalling 1 billion euros, which can be claimed online at the Independent Authority of Public Revenues (AADE) at