As the Cabinet meets on Wednesday to review the epidemiological situation in Cyprus, the Health Minister’s message is that schools should be kept open despite the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
Michalis Hadjipantelas who met with the coronavirus advisory team the day before has also ruled out tougher measures such as lockdown or a possible night curfew.
But, he said, a few additional measures will be put before the Cabinet – the main one being the implementation of the “test to stay” protocol at schools.
The Minister explained that this would essentially involve a rapid test performed on the spot in class on contacts of positive cases.
Moreover, proposed additional measures aim to confront the daily detection of positive cases in nursing homes and the non-compliance of fans and sports agents with restrictions when football matches take place.
The health experts expressed strong concern over the situation in nursing homes since, in the past three weeks, positive cases are detected almost daily in nursing homes all over Cyprus.
It has been decided that in addition to the ban on residents’ going out the Cabinet will also approve the proposal for mandatory presentation of a negative test by those who enter nursing homes – regardless of their vaccination history.