Greek FM Dendias in quarantine; Albanian Archbishop hospitalized with Covid in Athens
According to an announcement by the Greek Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Nikos Dendias, the Greek Foreign Minister, is now in quarantine after coming into contact with a person who had a confirmed case of Covid-19.
Dendias had met with Greece’s ambassador to Turkey Michail-Christos Diamessis on Tuesday, and Diamessis was later diagnosed with the virus.
Dendias was scheduled to meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday, but the meeting was canceled due to Dendias’ exposure to the virus.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Katerina Sakellaropoulou met Egyptian President Abdeh Fattah al-Sissi in Athens on Wednesday, but Dendias did not attend the meetings.
After testing positive for the virus, Anastasios, the Archbishop of Albania, was transported to Greece on Wednesday for treatment at Evangelismos Hospital in Athens.
Although Archbishop Anastasios showed mild symptoms of the virus upon diagnosis, medical professionals in Tirana, Albania considered his situation particularly precarious given his age and health issues and demanded that he was transferred to Athens.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has approved the use of a Greek C-130 military aircraft to bring the Archbishop to Athens from Tirana.