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Coronavirus: Ministry clarifications on vulnerable groups and workplace rules

The government has issued a clarification regarding the list of vulnerable groups of the population who are considered high risk and are to be restricted from their workplace. According to the latest announcement from the Health Ministry:

1. As regards people aged over 60: Employers should allow affected individuals to work from home or at their place of work, provided that protective measures are introduced there. It is reminded that individual hygiene rules must be strictly adhered to as must rules on keeping work areas clean. Moreover, the rule that there must not be more than one person per 8 square metres of space, including employees, at the same time must be strictly adhered to.

2.  As regards adults with one or more of the conditions below, the employer must allow them to work from home

  • Chronic conditions of the respiratory system (all must be taking medicine daily)
  • Chronic heart condition
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic last stage renal condition (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis)
  • Chronic liver condition (Child Pugh score B ή C),
  • Chronic neurological or neuromuscular diseases
  • Sickle cell anaemia and other hemoglopathies
  • Immunosupression (hereditary or acquired)
  • Malignancy of blood or organ
  • Transplantees
  • Pregnant women irrespective of stage of pregnancy, women who are breastfeeding

The announcement said that list may be amended depending on the developments of the epidemic.

Employees who belong to any of the above vulnerable groups and will be excluded from their workplace must submit the necessary medical certificate from their personal doctor or their work doctor.

People in these groups should work from home, where possible, or apply for special sick leave.

For further information, affected individuals should contact the relevant ministries.

 

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