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.


An ethnic Greek jailed in Albania after being elected Mayor of the seaside town of Himare said Prime Minister Edi Rama is behind it and controls the courts who sentenced him over the protests of Greece.

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