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Coronavirus: Latsia school records 24 cases, parents ask that it close

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Latsia Lyceum reported another seven coronavirus cases on Thursday, while another was reported at in the Gymnasium according to the mayor Christos Pittaras.

Including the 16 cases announced the previous day by the health ministry, the school has  now recorded 24 cases, Pittaras told the Cyprus News Agency citing unofficial information.

Meanwhile, free testing for Latsia residents started at 9am on Thursday. The testing is expected to finish at 5pm, and will be carried out on Friday as well, according to the mayor.

“I consider that to be the biggest advantage, which will show the size of the problem,” Pittaras said. “We can’t do anything more.”

He added he wants people to remain positive and observe the health protocols.

The schools and other communal areas of the municipality have been disinfected.

Meanwhile, the parents’ association asked that the school close for 15 days to protect the health of the children.

“We ask the ministry of education to reassess his decision and temporarily suspend the operation of Latsia lyceum to prevent the worst,” the association said in a statement.

The parents rubbished claims by certain media that linked the positive Covid-19 cases in the school with a students’ party.

“This is a product of misinformation and their transmission is unjustified,” the announcement said.

According to the parents and the mayor, the first case was a teacher at the school and all the necessary measures were implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.

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