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Lyceum students and teachers return to school; self-tests positivity 0.27%

Teachers and students of lyceums returned to schools on Monday morning after five and a half months of pandemic lockdown and just 5 weeks of in person education in the school year 2020-2021.

In addition to mandatory mask and other protection measures, teachers and students had to have Covid-19 self-tests at home and a negative result was necessary for their return to school.

613 teachers and students most of them asymptomatic were tested positive, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Monday morning.

Positivity in the self-tests reaches 0.27% when in PCR and Rapid tests carried out by authorities on daily basis is over 5%.

According to state broadcaster ERT, among over 249,000 tests, positive were 249 students and 254 teachers and others school personnel.

In case of a positive result, the absences of 1-2 days until the repeat test will not be counted. Repeat tests must be done within 24 hours, hence the operation of public structures on Sundays.

Positive students will have to continue with online education classes.

Teachers and students must conduct the self-tests at home twice a week, Monday and Thursday, and students need a ‘special card’ issued after uploading the result on platform

Students are not allowed to attend neither in-person classes nor online education if they cannot prove a self-tests.

Note that the positive tests will be added to the daily coronavirus infections only if confirmed with a PCR test.

The self tests have initially been reserved exclusively for 16-18 year olds in the final three years of high-schools and their teachers, ahead of the opening of the last three classes of school on Monday.

The Prime Minister said that self-tests will be available for retail sectors, public transport and delivery by the end of the week.

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