Cyprus: Padlock in schools with three cases in one week

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When tracking cases coronavirus have been found in Cyprus by the Epidemiological Surveillance and Infectious Diseases Control Unit of the Ministry of Health, transmission chains in school units. Thus, the ministry, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Coronavirus, announced the differentiation of the case tracking protocol in school units.

Specifically:

  • Close contacts of a student or teacher positive for the virus are considered all children of the same department, as well as out-of-class case contacts during breaks, on the bus, at social gatherings, etc. and should remain restricted.
  • In cases where in a school unit (school or circle) different students / teachers from three and / or more different classes are detected positive for the virus, within a week, the school is closed and the education is carried out remotely for a period of one week. If it is an elementary school, all the classes of the circle are closed since the two circles are spatially separate.
  • One week after the unit closes (ie on the 6th day after closing), all school undergoes rapid antigen detection test (nasal sampling for minors), except for classes that are considered close contacts and must remain in self-limitation for the entire indicated period. Those classes that do not have a new case return the next day. In the classrooms where a new case is detected, only the students / teachers of the class who do not form close contact and have a negative result return.
  • During the time that the school unit operates with distance education, students also abstain from afternoon and extracurricular activities.

The change in the process reduces the possibility of creating a chain in the school and at the same time protects the educational process in the departments that do not have positive incidents.

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