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Coronavirus: Diko leader broke health protocols, report says (updated)

Diko leader Nicholas Papadopoulos

Diko chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos came into close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case and did not take any precautions afterwards, going instead to parliament and the party headquarters, daily Politis reported on Saturday.

Papadopoulos denied the report, saying it was his daughter who was found positive. The Diko leader, who was found negative after that, said his daughter’s test result came out late Thursday, after the plenary session.

According to Politis, the case concerns a person from Papadopoulos’ family who showed symptoms on Wednesday. They were tested the next day and the result came out later that evening.

Despite this, the paper said, Papadopoulos attended the House watchdog committee on Thursday morning and plenum in the afternoon.

The Diko chairman told the paper that as soon as he was informed on Thursday evening, he left his house and got tested on Friday with the result being negative.

Protocols, however, dictate that he should have self-isolated for the next 14 days.

Instead, Papadopoulos went to the party’s offices on Friday where he held contacts.

House president Adamos Adamou told Politis that Papadopoulos had not informed him of the matter until late on Friday evening. Members of the watchdog committee also said the same.

Ruling Disy censured Papdopoulos on Saturday, suggesting it was a major issue of violation of health protocols.

“There is no room in health protocols for exceptions and offices mean nothing. They (protocols) are respected and adhered to by the entire society,” the party said.

Papadopoulos should have known that and should be setting the right example by acting responsibly, Disy said, added that the least he could do was to apologise to the thousands of people who follow the government decrees “putting social responsibility above private interest.”

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