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Coronavirus: centre for people with special needs closes for 15 days after 37 cases detected

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The Apostolos Pavlos centre for people with special needs in Liopetri has closed for at least 15 days after 37 people were found to be infected with the coronavirus at the institution, it was announced on Tuesday.

According to chairman of the board Adamos Kakouris the number of people tested at the school was 65 and not 52 as announced by the health ministry on Monday.

Nobody had informed the school management or the board about the existence of cases in the school, he complained on Tuesday.

“Those directly concerned should have found out first,” he said, noting he had expected a different response from the ministry.

Asked about the reason for the large number of cases, Kakouris said people attending the institution need special care and are therefore in close contact with the employees, which is probably why they were infected.

He explained the foundation operates two houses 24 hours a day for people whose families are unable to look after them or have difficulty in providing them with appropriate care.

“Positive cases were isolated in one house under the constant supervision of trained doctors and nurses, while negative cases were isolated in the other with carers who have not been infected,” he added.

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