Following reports of a surge in coronavirus cases last week, free Covid-19 testing for 300 residents of Polis Chrysochous is underway at the municipality, while tests are also being carried out in the town’s secondary and primary schools.
Mayor of Polis Yiotis Papachristofi said testing of residents, underway from 9.30am until 2pm on Thursday, was arranged by the health ministry in collaboration with medical laboratory NIPD Genetics.
“The tests will be performed after the arrival of the people in the yard of the municipality, with people waiting their turn and without the prior arrangement of an appointment,” the municipality said in an announcement also posted on Facebook.
“One person from each household will be eligible for the examination. People who are under restriction or quarantine are not eligible to participate in the programme.”
Only the persons who will be tested, carrying their ID card or passport, should present themselves, the instructions specified, while the use of masks is mandatory, as is observing social distancing.
An additional 100 tests will be done for students of the Polis Chrysochous primary school on Friday, Dimitris Mikellides, acting first officer of primary education in Paphos, announced on Thursday morning.
The education ministry is seeking to form a clear picture of the situation in the area around Polis, Mikellides explained.
“The situation in the schools of Paphos is stable and there has not been any other case in the last three days in any other primary school in the Paphos district,” he added.
He reiterated the importance of keeping schools open, as school closures not only carry economic costs but also high social and psychological costs for both students and teachers.
“We are preparing for the worst case scenario, but at the same time we are doing everything we can, and by implementing the protocols as is being done with our teachers we manage to keep our schools open, for the benefit of children and society.”
According to the Cyprus News Agency, 300 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the secondary schools of Polis Chrysochous on Tuesday.
Last Friday, few students showed up at the secondary schools in Polis following a decision by the municipality, school board and parents’ association to close them for two weeks because of a surge in coronavirus cases a day earlier.
However, district inspector of secondary education of Paphos, Zoe Polydorou, responded by saying all schools in the Paphos district would stay open and operate normally.
It is the policy of the education ministry to limit contacts if there is a confirmed case and not to close the schools, she commented.