Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

COVID19: Over 500 cases reported at schools

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More than 500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in school units last week, creating small transmissi­on chains.

From Monday, around 500 cases were confirmed in 288 schools, which does not seem to cause experts concern since they expected a spike in cases with the start of the new school year and the lifting of face mask restrictio­ns.

Health Ministry mobile units already visited two schools on Friday and conducted Rapid Tests to effectivel­y control and contain the virus’s spread.

The mobile units will visit more schools next week for further testing since the Health Ministry aims to carry out 5 thousand Rapid Tests monthly to contain the virus’ diaspora.

Communicat­ions adviser to the Minister of Health, Constantin­os Athanasiou, told CNA that the increased number of cases at schools is being monitored and there will be targeted monitoring where small transmissi­on chains are detected.

Asked if the Health Ministry intends to convene a meeting with the Scientific Advisory Committee, Athanasiou said, for the time being, it will not do so; however, the situation is being monitored, and if necessary, the relevant actions will be taken.

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