Archive for the ‘Corona virus’ Category

This photo was taken on the 17th of March. We visited a small church close to our home and this is the view from this church. I will tell you the story tomorrow.

I know, not a lot of travelling is going on but I still want to keep informing you about it. When you are a permanent resident on Skopelos and you need to travel please don’t forget to have with you (one of the three)
-your travelling equivalent card (see below)

-a tax return or
-a statement from the municipality stating you are a permanent resident

From Monday the 30th of March until the 30th of April the ferryboat Express Skiathos will travel only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On the Hellenic Seaways website I see these times:

Because of the closure of all educational institutions earlier this month the Greek Education Ministry is going to offer educational television programs for primary and secondary school children via the Greek State television (Ert2)
The lessons are expected to begin on Monday. The teachers will not continue with the school curriculum at first but will start repeating the lessons that were taught before the schools closed. Greek universities have already started with lessons via Skype.

The programs for primary school pupils will run from 08.00 hours to 12.00 hours and for the secondary school pupils from 12.00-16.00 hours.

Today spring is in the air. The rain has finally stopped for a bit and a weak sun is trying to come through the clouds. Nature is not giving up and many trees are blooming. That we have such a strong ally must give us hope and the believe that things will get better. Almost the whole world has been reset and now it is up to us to make a new and better start.

Have a nice weekend everyone, hopefully you can make the best of the situation! My husband left the house with a paper that said that around 9 in the morning he is going to run an errand/shopping. I am hearing lots of stories from a lot of readers from all over the world. Everybody is trying to make the best of the situation. We could not have imagined that this would happen ever but I think one advice rings the truest at the moment: Stay home and stay safe ! xx Daphne

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The last couple of days the weather in Greece hasn’t been well. A lot of rain and heavy winds. This kind of weather helps people to stay home and that is positive.

A little bit of information about opening times and bank business.
-opening times for the pharmacies, also in Skopelos, will be from 08.30 hours until 16.30 hours.
-A new pharmacy has opened opposite the children’s playground. More info about this another time.
-If you pay with a (credit)card for your shopping you can now pay without using a pin code up till 50 euros. The amount was 25 euros before. This measure has been taken so more people can use their cards and less cash money (can be a source of contamination)
-The government would like people to use ATM’s and internet banking more instead of going inside banks.
Therefor you cannot pay electricity bills, insurance bills, government bills in the bank at the moment.
Please use the ATM or internet banking.

Just before the lock down we saw that the municipality is “upgrading” the road along the harbor towards the monasteries. A stone wall was started from Karyatis until the crossroad into town and the town beach. It is probably to prevent stones, sand being thrown onto the road when the weather is bad.

Oh yes the puzzle is coming along. It is difficult but I have to finish it. Stay home, stay safe!

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Today it is the 25th of March. A big day in Greece called Independence day, the day in 1821 that the Greeks decided that they had enough of the their Turkish oppressors (after 400 years) and this day was the official beginning of the war of independence. Annunciation is also celebrated (Maria is told she will become a mother) Xronia polla to all the people that celebrate their name day.

This morning we were in the harbor for an errand (SMS message 2) The usual parade of school children did not take place but we heard this.

25th of March 2020 on Skopelos; life during the corona virus epidemic from Daphne Jaeggi Gliverou on Vimeo.

No one around but I am sure the whole village heard the music. A nice initiative.

-Shipowners Panagiotis and Yorgos Angelopoulos have donated 1.000.000 euro for the purchasing of medical equipment in intensive care units.
-Iperos AEBE have given money for monitors for intensive care units. They also have given bonuses to their personnel.
-About 280 Greeks are stranded in Englang on two airports (Stanstead and Heathrow) As soon as forms issued by the ministry of Foreign Affairs have been completed in the organization of a flight (with Aegean) will be organized. All these people will be checked if they have the virus and will stay in a hotel in Athens for 14 days if they are positive for the corona virus.

Today I got a call from a friend who has chickens. He wanted to give me some eggs. On our way back from the errand ( message number 2) we picked them up. Thank you Andreas!


I also looked for some wild greens on our land (no SMS message needed) and found several different greens. I boiled them in water and after that I put those greens in a bowl with two eggs and some feta. Ready pastry dough, in the oven and a great pie came out after 45 minutes!

A group of singers/musicians has recorded a new version of the well knows song of Λουκιανός Κηλαηδόνης/Loukianos Kilaidonis from 1986. The song is called I will stay at home

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Slowly slowly people in Greece are getting used to the lock down. Yesterday the police were only giving warnings to those that did not have their papers with them or had not send an SMS. A lot of people that were on the road in the bigger cities were those that had to go to their work. Their employer had to have a statement ready at work that the employee can have with them all the time while going back and forth to work. Today some fines were given but there were not a lot of people that were unprepared. Check-ups were done on the streets, in the metro stations and buses.

Mr. Tsiodras (the infectious disease specialist and a spokesman for the Ministry of Health for the management of the corona virus in Greece) is carefully optimistic because there were some new corona virus patients, but not a lot.
In other countries the numbers double every day. The amount of people that are intubated in an ER in Greece stayed the same. Officially 20 people have died.
A website has been set up to monitor where the corona patients can be found and where you can give blood.

Map of corona virus patients in Greece. Source:https://e-thessalia.gr/o-chartis-toy-koronoioy-stin-ellada-treis-voliotes-stin-omada-poy-ton-dimioyrgise/

In Greece
-Flights from England and Turkey have been stopped.
-Students coming back from the North of Spain have been isolated in hotels and were tested. About 21 were positive to the virus.
-The government has set up a fund for people that have been laid off because of the virus.
-At the beginning of April they will get money after the employer has given a statement that the employees have been laid off because of the corona virus epidemic. If you were laid off on Skopelos ask your accountant for help.

The specialists in Greece and all over the world keep saying that we need to help the people that take care of us in every way. To stay home as much a possible and if we don’t listen, we will cause them unthinkable pressure. At the moment they have to choose who lives or dies. There is a big shortage of medical equipment. The weight of the world is on their shoulders. We have to realize this. In Greece is seems that the early measures are paying off. The clear messages in Greece that have been given out from the beginning have helped and the fact that the information mainly comes from experts. Nobody is out of the woods, we are all in this together and it will take a long time before we will be in safer waters. We have to protect each other.

Source: Red Cross

Supermarkets and other shops like the butcher and the bakery might be closed because of the National day the 25thbof March. Banks, post-office are closed.

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Milia beach

I hope that those who needed to go out today were able too and were not too stressed about it.

This message is from M. Debois

Yesterday, I was walking with my dog in the woods in front of my house (I live in eastern Belgium) and I saw a man who was installing a hammock between two trees. It was only 10 ° degrees. I was 20 meters from him, I wished him a good nap and he thanked me. It seems that stress threatens our immune defenses. Being Zen right now is very difficult.

This is from Anne Lise
She told me that in Paris the inhabitants still go out every night on their balcony and thank the health workers in France by clapping.

Every day now I try to think of those that are near to me but far away and I find a way to communicate with them. Thank God I can use face-timing with messenger and whats-app.

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Various emotions have been taking hold of me since I realized the seriousness of this virus and to be honest, it hasn’t been more than two weeks. I am stunned, I can’t believe it, I feel very emotional when I hear about the sacrifices that people have made and died because of it.

Almost two weeks ago, the Greek government started holding a press conference at 18.00 hours and there Sotiris Tsiodras, an infectious disease specialist and a spokesman for the Ministry of Health for the management of the corona virus in Greece tells us all the news about what is happening in Greece. He is clear in his messages, very decisive, he does not condone nonsense questions and he is empathetic.

All Greeks are tuning in to hear him talk every night and they accept what he is saying. I am glad to have these people at the helm of the ship that needs to sail through these historic events.

Last night I tried to translate as fast as possible the information about how to let the authorities know for what reason you are outside in Skopelos and in the rest of Greece. I have not mentioned what you need to do in case you are working. Please see the post before this one.

I could put this information into practice because this morning we needed to go for shopping but we tried to do the all the errands together so we don’t have to go out for several days.

It is easy to do. The errands all belong to category number two. I send a message to 13033 with number 2, a space and my details (see below) and I received a confirmation. This confirmation you need to show when someone stops you.

It is fairly simple. I was not stopped but I felt confident and had my passport with me.

Stay safe everybody, all over the world!!!!

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Historic events are happening all over the world and in Greece.

At 18.00 hours on Sunday the 22th of March 2020 the Greek PM, Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a nationwide lock down (everybody at home) starting Monday morning the 23rd of March at 06.00 hours until the 6th of April in order to prevent the further spread of the corona virus in the country.

In this second update I am showing the printed statement with the reasons of going out of the house. I am sure it will be difficult to obtain this paper so most people will either write on a white paper the reason they are on the street or they will send an SMS.

At the top you fill in your name and your address, area that you live on Skopelos plus the time that you are travelling.

Next you need to give a reason why you are on the street. Put an X in the box (es)

B1 visit to pharmacy or doctor after telephone call with the involved

B2 visit to supermarket, fuel station, bakery, post office etc. that cannot do delivery

B3 visit to the bank if internet banking is not possible

B4 help to member of the family with health problems or elderly that need help

B5 Funeral

B6 Short walk close to your home for exercise or to walk your dog

Put a date on the paper and your signature and the place that you live.

If you don’t have the form use a white paper and do the same:
-At the top you fill in your name and your address, area that you live on Skopelos plus the time that you are travelling.
-Give a reason why you are on the street, B1 and B6 for instance.
–Sign it with a date and a place you live on Skopelos

I will update on measures that might be only for Skopelos later. Also about the SMS message. So far I know the SMS number is 13033 and in the message you write the reason you are on the street with the number (s) choose from 1 to 6 a space and your name and address. you will receive a message back which you can show when you are stopped by the police or port police to check where you are going)

If you ignore the lock down for any other reason than stated above you will receive a fine of 150 euro’s, each time.

Not knowing exactly but trying to avoid anxiety and stress for all here on Skopelos I am giving some tips for the next weeks: It think it is important that you have your identity card or passport with you and maybe also your residence permit ( if you have one) Only two persons can be in a car, not more. When stopped by the police, the port police etc. explain if you are a permanent resident, a long term visitor or that you recently have arrived and that you know about the lock down and what actions you have taken (filled in paper, written statement or SMS)

The form I found on the website epixeiro.gr

Last alert message from the government

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