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Coronavirus: Teacher tests positive, pupils quarantined (update 2)

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A number of pupils in two high-schools in Nicosia and Famagusta were placed in quarantine after a teacher tested positive to the coronavirus, it emerged on Friday.

The case was among 10 announced on Thursday. The teacher had come into contact with a previously confirmed case.

Reports said the educator taught afternoon classes in two schools in the districts of Nicosia and Famagusta.

The pupils who came into contact with the teacher have been placed in quarantine in line with protocols.

The classrooms have been disinfected while health authorities were trying to trace the teacher’s contacts.

Commenting on the incident, virologist and member of the government’s scientific advisory team, Leontios Kostrikkis said: “It is concerning because teachers come in contact with many people in a classroom or classrooms, and this is the philosophy behind wearing a mask.”

Kostrikkis added he hoped this incident would not cause any more infections, which would be shown through the contact tracing process.

On spreading the virus to the students, Kostrikkis said if all the measures were followed properly in the classrooms, then they are “enough” to stop the spread of the virus.

If the protocols were not followed then this could lead to the creation of clusters, he said.

Another member of the scientific team, Dr Zoi-Dorothea Pana said: “Of course there will be cases in school, and it will be a blessing for the children that will not have serious complications from coronavirus.”

Also on Friday, betting company OPAP announced they would be giving free face-masks to students at secondary education.  Starting Monday, two cloth face masks will be given to all gymnasium students, while towards of the end of the week masks will be given to lyceum students and staff.

Later in the day, football club Nea Salamina said one of their players, who arrived from Portugal on September 14, also tested positive for the virus.

The team announced all the players have been told to stay in isolation, and practice  was cancelled.

Tests have also been scheduled for the whole team, and training areas are all being disinfected.


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