New Democracy Appoints COVID-19 Czar for Disease Response

March 16, 2020

ATHENS – Stopping short of a total lockdown of the country, Greece’s ruling New Democracy government has created an office to deal with the COVID-19 Coronavirus as stricter measures are being pondered.

Nikos Hardalias, who was the General Secretary for Civil Protection was named Deputy Minister of Civil Defense and Crisis Management and charged with coordinating the state’s effort to prevent the spread of the disease, said the business newspaper Naftemporiki.

Hardalias’ portfolio will include wide-ranging responsibilities and jurisdiction, while directly answering to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitotakis, whose government has shut down a range of establishments, including restaurants, bars, taverns, sporting events and malls, but not made the Church suspend Holy Communion at church services.


LONDON - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Greeks of the diaspora while in London on Wednesday, during which he highlighted the options that Greeks living abroad now have to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence, as well as his government's emphasis on reforms.

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