COVID-19 Pandemic: Coronavirus Breaking News

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Last updated on May 3rd, 2020 at 02:01 pm

Coronavirus Live: Breaking news, world Map and live counter on confirmed and recovered cases.

In the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China, a series of cases of pneumonia occurred.

On January 9, 2020, the Chinese health authorities announced that it is a new corona strain (2019-nCoV).

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause respiratory infections of varying severity in humans and animals. It is estimated that about a third of upper respiratory infections in humans can be caused by coronaviruses.

The Greek organization of Public Health (EODY) is monitoring developments from the beginning and is in constant contact with both the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

EODY(Greek Organization of Public Health) remains vigilant about possible cases of the disease in travelers while it has already issued and systematically updates information material and specialized instructions.

Data, Breaking news, a world Map, and live counter on confirmed and recovered cases you can find on the sources below.

1. WORLDOMETER: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
2. BNO News: bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/
3. JHU CSEE: gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
4. 1point3acres (for USA/CAN): coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
5. RiskLayer (DEU): www.risklayer-explorer.com/event/100/detail
6. MorgenPost (DEU): interaktiv.morgenpost.de/corona-virus-karte-infektionen-deutschland-weltweit/
7. DXY (CHN): ncov.dxy.cn/ncovh5/view/pneumonia
8. J.A.G Japan (JPN): jagjapan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/55c22ee976bc42338cb454765a6edf6b
9. VG (NOR): www.vg.no
10. Amtliches Dashboard COVID19 (AUT): info.gesundheitsministerium.at/
11. INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER (IND): www.covid19india.org/
12. Helsingin Sanomat (FIN): www.hs.fi
13. Situación de COVID-19 en España (ESP): covid19.isciii.es/
14. T.C.Sağlık Bakanlığı (TUR): covid19.saglik.gov.tr /
15. Corona-Fälle in der Schweiz (CHE): rsalzer.github.io/COVID_19_CH/
16. Lidovky (CZE): www.lidovky.cz/
17. The News International (PAK): www.thenews.com.pk/
18. kawalcovid19 (IND): kawalcovid19.com/
19. INDEXHR (HRT): www.index.hr/

About the COVID-19 Disease

Stay Home - Leave Coronavirus out
Stay Home – Leave Coronavirus out

The disease caused by the new Coronavirus was named COVID-19 and despite early predictions, within a short time, it spread beyond the borders of China, around the world.

The disease is very easily transmitted through the respiratory tract, even by asymptomatic patients who are in the incubation stage that lasts several days, and this makes it very dangerous.
It is transmitted by droplets emitted from the nose or mouth of asymptomatic carriers but also by objects that they have touched or had any contact with them.

The symptoms in the vast majority of cases can vary from very mild to none, with exceptions, but for the elderly over 65 and various vulnerable groups with underlying chronic diseases, such as heart problems, diabetes, hypertension, and many other chronic autoimmune diseases can be very serious, with severe pneumonia that can lead to death.
Incidents involving organs infected such as the heart, kidneys, stomach, brain, etc. have also been reported.

So far the data shows an alarming mortality rate of around 5% which is much higher than that of the common flu and from what we initially thought.

Since there is no specific drug or vaccine against coronavirus, the only defense we have at the moment is complete self-isolation and lockdown in entire areas or even countries and states.
Also to keep our immunity system and defenses in good shape by getting plenty of rest and eating well.

It is important to follow strict hygiene rules, such as frequent and thorough washing of hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds, avoiding any kind of congruence with other people and keeping a distance from everyone, at least two meters.

The use of gloves and masks is essential for those who know how to use them properly, improper use of masks can be very dangerous as it can help the contamination instead of protecting, so the instructions for its use vary from country to country and are conflicting.

Currently, the epidemic is at its peak, and the entire planet, especially Europe and North America, where the epicenter of the pandemic is, is in lockdown with almost all economic activities locked up.

The health and humanitarian consequences are devastated and well known, we see them every day with tens of thousands of deaths.

But the economic consequences that will follow will be frightening, they will even test the existence of some countries, unemployment, and recession will reach unprecedented levels much higher than those of the 2008 crisis, but they still cannot be accurately calculated now.

Especially the tourism sector has been destroyed, with airlines and travel agencies going bankrupt.
The absence of the tourism product for 2020 is the strongest blow for Greece since tourism accounts for 25% of GDP and essentially feeds the Greek economy.

The priority at the moment though is to tackle the pandemic with health systems around the world fighting the toughest.

Health systems that, due to neoliberal policies, are proving to be insufficient with understaffed personnel and shortages of basic medical supplies, therefore unable of dealing with all cases that have serious complications of the disease.

This is not the time to blame responsibility, they will be blamed after the pandemic.

Two conclusions are definite.

The first is that humanity will survive, an effective cure and later a vaccine will be found sooner or later.
And the second is that the world after this shock will never be the same, how different and in what way it remains to be seen.

Please keep in your thoughts those who are affected by this unfortunate outbreak.

Read Coronavirus letter to Humanity

 

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Best Restaurants in Paleokastritsa

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Last updated on June 8th, 2020 at 07:23 am

Tango Cafe Paleokastritsa
Tango Cafe Paleokastritsa

Paleokastritsa on the west side of Corfu is best known for its natural beauty. But apart from the exciting views and beautiful beaches, it has tons of shops, rooms, hotels, and of course many restaurants.

More than 20 restaurants are scattered mainly around and near the beaches.

Especially the central beach of Agios Spiridon has more than 5 restaurants in its area.

Vrachos, Il Pirata, Mediterraneo with Italian food, Zepiros, Gialos, and Nikos restaurant are all here to give you a wide choice.

In front of Alipa port, there is Alipa restaurant and a little east the Dolphin, Belvedere, and Horizon restaurants.

Moving Eastwards to Agia Triada beach you will find Taverna Andreas, Gran Aladino, The Meraklis, Petrino garden, Taverna Nafsika, The Greek-way grill, Akron beach bar, Poseidon restaurant, Nereids restaurant-bar, Unlimit food bar, and Creperie Makis.

At the entrance of Paleokastritsa and on the way to Corfu town there are some more restaurants, Elia taverna, Zorbas, and Spiros restaurant.

Restaurants in Neighboring villages

In the wider area, there are two villages, very close to the resort. Liapades with an extraordinary beach at the east and Lakones, a mountain village just above the hill.

There are many more restaurants there, from Lakones particularly the view to the beach is spectacular.

In Liapades we find the restaurants: Thalassa, The Village diner, The Bar Blue Princes, the pub La Grotta, Aria’s grill room, Aspros taverna, and Costas grill house.

And in Lakones: Flavor restaurant, Il Pozzo, Boulis, Golden Fox, Bellavista, Dolce cafe, and Orea Thea. Quite a number for a mountain tiny village!

As you can see, Your choices are so many.

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Esplanade (Spianada) Square and Liston in Corfu

Last updated on May 26th, 2020 at 07:27 am

Spianada (Esplanade) square and Liston

The Esplanade is the central square of Corfu and a meeting place for residents and visitors, surrounded by the streets of Iroon Politecniou at the east and north, Eleftherias and Kapodistriou to the West and Akadimias Street in the South, and crossed in the middle by Dousmanis street.

Built-in the style of the Royal Gardens of Europe it is the largest square in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe.

In the square`s bandstand, there are often concerts and other events, especially during the summer.

Cricket matches are also frequently played there.

Cricket is purely British sport which has been enthusiastically adopted by the Corfiots since the period of English domination of the island.

There are 12 cricket clubs and two other pitches on the island.

Corfu Cricket team is the only cricket team in Greece and so is the Greek National Cricket team also.

To one side of the square is the popular pedestrian area of The Liston with its French architectural buildings (modeled on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris) and numerous cafes.

The construction of The Liston began in 1807 by Napoleon, the sole purpose of the building’s construction was to house the French army.

It was completed in 1814. The buildings were designed by French architect Lesseps and implemented with the assistance of the Greek engineer Ioannis Parmezan.

Corfu Liston is a complex of buildings facing the Esplanade, with arched ground-floor galleries which the locals call “Volta”

The name was given by the word “list” which arrives from the Greek word “lista” that was used for the list of the Nobles (Libro d `Oro) as at the old days only the nobility were able to walk in this part in the city.

Today, the arcades of Liston are the busiest part of Corfu, it is filled with cafes, restaurants, and craft shops in general, and one that is busy all year round.

The walk-in front of the Liston`s arches is something that every Corfiot does and taking coffee in one of The Liston`s cafes is a daily habit for many Corfiots…

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The Palace of St. Michael and St. George

Last updated on May 26th, 2020 at 07:28 am

During the era of the British rule, High Commissioner Sir Frederick Adams in 1819 decided to build a house for him and his family.

But he was a little exaggerated and instead of a house he created a unique palace in a Georgian style, The Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George in Corfu

The building was designed by the English engineer Colonel Sir George Whitmore (1775-1862) and despite its enormous size is elegant and beautiful. It has been described as the best example of regency architecture outside Britain.

It is the largest palace in Greece, second only to the palace of King Otto in Athens,  which today houses the Greek parliament.

The large line of Doric columns has two gates, the Gate of St. Michael and the gate of St. George.

In the garden is the statue of commissioner Frederick Adams made by Corfiot sculptor Pavlos Prosalendis.

Outside it has carved representations of the Ionian Islands and within two rows of Ionic columns surrounding the main hall, showing scenes from the Odyssey.

The first floor is decorated with Corinthian columns.

There are three main halls: the ballroom, the throne-room, and the symposium room.

The palace previously housed the Ionian Senate and is the home of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

For half of the century, it was also the summer residence of the former Greek royal family. Today it has been refurbished as a museum displaying classical antiquities.

A meeting of the summit of the European Union was held here in 1994.

The building looks over the north side of Spianada square on Iroon Politechniou street and also houses the Asian Art Museum and the Municipal Gallery.

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The Old Historic Buildings of Benitses

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Last updated on May 26th, 2020 at 07:28 am

In Benitses there are some very old and beautiful buildings, some of them more than 5 centuries old.

We tried to collect as much information we could about the most important of them, it was really difficult as most old people who knew about are dead, and the living ones are so old that they can’t remember much or strangely don’t want to talk about.

Here is what we have learned about these houses with the promise to add as much information as we can in the future.

The tall building at the entrance of Benitses old port

This beautifully tall and slim neoclassical building was built right at the banks of the river that embarked at the old Benitses port when the main road that leads up to the old village was a river.

It must be older than 4 centuries old, but details from its early history are not known.

Vandoros old house and Kefalonitis restaurant-1960
Vandoros old house and Kefalonitis restaurant-1960

Owners during the early 20th century were the three Vandoros brothers, Memas, and Aggelos who were traders in Corfu’s Jewish sector, and Spiros who was a lawyer.

EDES, a rightwing partisan group leading by Napoleon Zervas, had its headquarters in Vandoros building from 1945 to 1949, just after the war.

Serafim was a priest living in Messonghi, who later became Archbishop, he was a member of this rightwing partisan group of EDES, he used to go around the area always riding on a horse.

An Italian family with 2 daughters was living on the first floor during the Italian occupation(1941-1943)

In the same building, on the ground floor, and after 1949, the traders Matios and Likouris open a general commercial shop, they sold potatoes, onions, etc. Οnce they have been ripped at the area of St. Jonh of pigeons by a gang of Greeks from southern Albania, their leader was the grandfather of today’s a hotelier in Corfu.

From 1953 to 1958 the ground floor was a barbershop run by Yiannis Kontos(Bourelas) and from 1958 to 1971 was one of the two kafeneions that existed in Benitses before the 80s.

This was the kafenion Skaloma named by the name of the area, indeed the area around the port and at the seaside is called Skaloma.

Benitses cafe Skaloma-1967
Benitses cafe Skaloma-1967

Today the building belongs to Bellos family as they buy it in 1971 from Spiros Vandoros.

The Grapevine Restaurant of Nikos Bellos, or else Klimataria, is operating today on the ground floor.

The other building of the photo – Finanza

The other building of the photo doesn’t exist today, it was called Finanza back at 1941 and used to be the headquarters of the Italian occupation army, many members of the resistance were severely tortured inside this building.

Later it became a restaurant owned by Stefanos Kefallonitis until it was demolished before 1974 when the square of Benitses and the new road constructed.

The building of Township

This house was built almost 3 centuries ago and owned by an Italian noble named Palaviccini.

Later it became the property of Varvitsiotis, a family of famous notaries, and after the death of the last family offspring, it was donated to the state for public use, It is known today as the Varvitsiotis Legacy.

In this building were always the offices of the local municipality, many years ago in a small office at the backside of the building while the rest was used as a customs office.

The first customs officer was someone named Harilaos Pateras, during his duty here he married Lina Kouris, a local girl from the wealthy Kouris family.

The custom office moved to Corfu in 1962.

From 1962 to 1965 a school for young women was working in the building, most of these girls were coming from other villages all over Corfu.

Yes, it sounds strange now, but in Greece of the 60s, there were schools teaching young girls how to become good housekeepers.

This school in 1965 moved a few yards further north in another building for few more years until it permanently closed down in 1972.

Girls were living inside the house and many of those met and got married to men from Benitses.

Today the first floor of the building belongs to the municipality and also houses the offices of Benitses Cultural association, while the groundfloor is hired for commercial purposes.

The building of Pagiatis family

Built by an Italian, later the owner was another Italian named Palermo.

Pagiatis house
Pagiatis house

Then the Pagiatis family stayed there for more than 4 decades and the house today belongs to them.

In this new photo, the house is completely renovated and different from the original building.

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Angelokastro: The Castle Next to Paleokastritsa

Last updated on May 26th, 2020 at 07:32 am

Angelokastro (Angel’s Castle) in Paleokastritsa

Corfu, Aggelokastro in Paleokastritsa
Corfu, Angelokastro in Paleokastritsa

Angelokastro was the westernmost outpost of the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus to which Corfu belonged until 1267 AD, it is near the village of Krini north of Paleokastritsa next to a monastery.

Built in the early 12th century AD by the Despot of Epirus Duke Michael-Angelos Komnenos the second, therefore the name Angel’s Castle, and in its prime, in an emergency, it could protect the entire population of the region, about 4000 people.

Inside the castle, two large water tanks and the churches of the Holy Archangels and Agia Kiriaki are preserved.

The church of the Archangels was built in 1784 on the site of an older church.

Agia Kiriaki was built inside a small cave and has 18th-century paintings.

Angelokastro(Angel`s castle) saw many sieges but never fell except once to the Venetians after a six-month siege in 1386.

In 1537 only 8 soldiers of his guard with the help of the residents were needed in order to repel the attack of Barbarossa.

The Turks tried again and failed to conquer the Castle in 1571.

The villages around got their names from the soldiers who took pieces of land to settle on when they retired.

Examples are Makris-Makrades, Vistonas-Vistonas, Doukas-Doukades, Aspiotis-Aspiotades, Kabbadias-Kabbadades, etc.

Today the castle is still standing at the top of the rock and it is a strong tourist attraction, a well-preserved piece of history for this magnificent island.

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