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Pupil among yesterday’s 10 Covid-19 cases

Dividers are being put between desks to ensure social distancing in the classroom

A pupil was found positive to coronavirus at a Famagusta district school, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the second case in schools since they opened on September 14.

The student is one of the ten cases that were announced on Sunday and is not related the other case found in schools last week.

Health ministry spokeswoman Margarita Kyriacou told CyBC the contacts of the latest case are already being traced, and the school has been disinfected.

Last week, a music teacher, working at schools in both Nicosia and Famagusta, was found positive to the virus.

Those schools were disinfected and the teacher’s contacts were traced.

Meanwhile, on Monday the parents’ confederation expressed disappointment about children being required to wear masks in schools, saying these should be optional.

The parents’ group said they wondered why masks had to be worn in schools, while in other places including clubs and cafés there was a relaxation of coronavirus measures.

On September 8, they sent a letter to the health ministry to make masks in schools optional for students, but the parents received no reply.

The parents also said another health ministry ruling to allow teachers to take off their face masks, when addressing the students is discriminatory.  They said due to masks in some schools there were a few instances of children fainting.


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