World News – CA – Military planes conduct overflights on Greek National Day


ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek military planes and helicopters carried out overflights over the capital and other towns, cities and islands on Wednesday to mark Greece’s National Day while traditional military and student parades have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Known as Ohi Day, or « No Day », the Oct 28 public holidays commemorate the day in 1940 when Greece rejected an ultimatum from fascist Italy to allow Axis troops to enter the country and occupy strategic locations The refusal marked the entry of Greece into World War II on the allied side

Greece has reported an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks, with a record 1,259 new cases and 12 new deaths announced on Tuesday The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at just over of 32,700, with 593 deaths in this country of about 11 million people

In his speech on the occasion of the national holiday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on the Greeks to show the same unity and solidarity as in 1940

“Today our country faces different challenges than those it faced 80 years earlier,” said Mitsotakis “But we have to bring together the same virtues that made Greece then too: national unity, a high state of mind, a sense of solidarity « 

In the city of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, authorities intervened after around 50 people tried to organize a march to commemorate October 28 despite current restrictions on gatherings due to pandemic

Emergency lockdown restrictions have been imposed on four regions of Greece with coronavirus outbreaks Lighter restrictions are in place in many other regions, including Athens and Thessaloniki, where face masks are worn is mandatory outside, gatherings are limited to nine people and a nighttime curfew operates from 12:30 p.m.m until 5 am

Greece, Ohi Day

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