Athens city buses, metro lines and trams ground to a halt Thursday with public workers pressing for better protection against coronavirus as Greece extended Covid-19 restrictions until December 7.
Shipping also closed for a day in the coastal nation, disrupting maritime trade as well as transport linking its numerous islands.
A second wave is raging through Greece, with daily infections now between 2,500 and 3,000 compared with 667 on October 20. The death toll has just crossed 1,900 and more than 500 people are in intensive care.
Scores of motorcyclists briefly demonstrated outside the labour ministry in Athens shouting slogans such as “Riot police everywhere, intensive care units nowhere”.
Medical workers also called for a rally outside the health ministry to demand Christmas bonuses and better health protection, including increased testing for those on the frontline.
Some 200 far-left activists defied pandemic curbs to rally in central Athens before being dispersed by police, deployed in full force in the capital to prevent lockdown breaches.
Greece also extended virus curbs initially set to end this month to December 7.
People must get official permission by SMS to leave their homes and all businesses are closed apart from shops selling essential items as well as pharmacies and supermarkets.
Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Thursday that the restrictions had to be prolonged in view of the continued high rate of infections.
“There are the first signs of a reduction,” he said, adding: “If this continues, the pressure on the health system will decline and we can envisage a return to a certain normalcy.”
Aleksander Ceferin has been elected as UEFA’s seventh President at the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens.
UEFA said on its website that the Slovenian polled 42 votes from its member associations to beat his rival from Netherlands, Michael van Praag who scored 13 votes.
The UEFA Presidents since the European football body was founded in 1954 are: Ebbe Schwartz (Denmark), Gustav Wiederkehr (Switzerland), Artemio Franchi (Italy), Jacques Georges (France) and Lennart Johansson (Sweden).
France’s Michel Platini is the immediate past UEFA President and has been succeeded by Ceferin on Wednesday.
The new President was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on October 13, 1967.
He was elected as President of the Football Association of Slovenia in 2011.
Ceferin has also served as a second and third vice-chairman of the UEFA Legal Committee since 2011.
Greece’s Syriza Party is said to have won Sunday’s snap elections, leading by 35 per cent to the New Democracy’s 28 per cent, according to the Interior Ministry.
New Democracy Leader, Cangelis Meimarakis, said that the electoral result appeared to be concluding with Syriza and Mr. Tsipras in the lead.
Syriza supporters at the party’s main electoral headquarters in Athens earlier cheered and clapped as exit polls were announced.
The former Prime Minister later said that there was hard work and struggle ahead for the Greek people.
Mr. Tsipras seemed to lose popularity when signing the bailout deal, shortly after holding a referendum in which more than 60 per cent of voters rejected the austerity measures creditors wanted to impose.
Before the election, Tsipras said that he had put his country above his party, adding that had he not agreed to the three-year bailout, Greece would probably have had to leave the Eurozone.