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Coronavirus: Four new cases, all in schools (update 2)

Four new cases were announced on Saturday, all among coronavirus tests given to pupils and school staff.

The four new cases were among 325 samples taken from tests given to pupils and school staff. The total number reached 914 cases.

Results from 1,564 tests were received on Saturday.

The ministry of education later announced that of the four cases, two were students at the Aradippou lyceum, one among staff in a nursery in Paphos and one from non-teaching staff at a lyceum in the Nicosia area.

The two lyceums will open after being disinfected according to the protocols issued by the ministry of health, the ministry of education said.

As Aradippou previously had a cluster of cases, and after consultation with the ministry of health, the ministry of education has decided all students of all classes in the town will be tested.

Meanwhile, three patients are on ventilators at the Nicosia general hospital’s ICU. Their condition is critical but stable.

Health authorities started screening final year high-school pupils and teachers who returned to school this week. In total 20,000 tests will be carried out across the island that will cover all education levels.

Final year high-school pupils returned to schools on Monday.

Following the low numbers in new cases, with figures remaining in single digits since the first relaxation of measures on May 4, the epidemiology committee on Friday gave the president the green light for the implementation of phase two of lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

This also concerns the opening of schools on May 21 excluding first and second year students at lyceum which will continue distance learning. Kindergartens will also remain closed.

The school year has been extended until June 26.


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