Greece Restricts Visits to Jails, Outpatient Transfers to Prevent Virus Infections

ATHENS — Visits to detention centers and jails are restricted and prisoner transports to hospitals are prohibited except for serious cases, the General Secretariat for Counter-criminal Policy, at the Civil Protection Ministry, said on Thursday as part of measures to stem a new wave of coronavirus infections nationally.

In a memo, Secretary General Sophia Nicolaou said that all jails and detention centers have to ban all visits to the facilities except for relatives and lawyers, whose visits must be limited in number as much as possible.

In addition, no food or clothing may be brought in to prisoners by visitors, while detainees and prisoners should only be transported to hospitals or for outpatient services only if their case cannot be handled by a facility's doctors or health center.

Nicolaou also urged staff to wear masks and observe all health measures.

She told Athens-Macedonian News Agency that there was a 120-bed space in Korydallos jail, Piraeus metropolitan area, that had been set up in March for potential coronavirus cases.

"We hope that it will remain unused in this potential second-wave outbreak of the novel coronavirus," she said, adding that an outbreak in any jail "would have incalculable consequences."


ATHENS - While accused of pushbacks, Greece's New Democracy government's effort to keep out refugees and migrants has worked so well that the numbers have been cut 56 percent in 2022 compared to the year before.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Bam! NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Asteroid in Defense Test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.