German COVID-19 ‘heroes’ get a ‘well deserved vacation’ in Kos

German COVID-19 ‘heroes’ get a ‘well deserved vacation’ in Kos

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The island of Kos welcomed about 180 German workers who contributed in the fight against the novel coronavirus on Monday, in the first foreign flight to reach a Greek regional airport since the pandemic erupted.

Medical staff, police officers and supermarket employees where among the people who arrived on Kos on Monday. The German “heroes” will stay on the island for five days.

The trip was organized, free of charge, by the German travel agency TUI, as a gift to the people who fought against the coronavirus pandemic. Travellers were selected by German newspaper Bild following a public nomination process.

All the members of the group wore masks and as they were coming down from the airplane’s staircase they expressed their gratitude for their trip to Greece. Some of them underwent precautionary tests for COVID-19.

“The virus is still there… We have to be careful and we have to follow the rules and we’ll manage it together,” said, one of the passengers.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said he hoped the visitors would enjoy a holiday “well deserved for their achievements”.

“The island of Kos, the island of the father of Medicine, received the first airplane form Germany with the 180 corona heroes,” he told Reuters.

TUI has revealed its plans for the first week of July, announcing 56 flights to Greek destinations, including to Crete and Rhodes.

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