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No masks, no Covid-tests in Greece’s schools for staff and students

School year 2022-2023 in Greece will start on September 12 without masks and Covid-tests for teachers and students alike, the health minister said on Monday. No mask mandate in schools, despite the fact that coronavirus infections remain high.

“Τhere will be no mask mandate but recommendation,” health minister Thanos Plevris said on Monday, stressing”we want schools to operate very close to normalcy.”

“I believe that masking must remain a recommendation and not a mandate,” he added.

He ruled out regular coronavirus screening for students and staff in favor of “targeted” Covid-19 testing.

Education minister Niki Kerameos made similar comments a day earlier.

Nevertheless, the country’s pandemic experts are reportedly scheduled to meet this week to decide what measures should be apply in schools

Minister Plevris reiterated as many times in the recent past “we do not wish to introduce additional measures [against Covid-19]. Any new measures should be mild,” Plevris reiterated.

In its weekly briefing last Tuesday, Greece National Health Organization EODY announced 55,769 confirmed coronavirus infections in the 33. week of 2022.

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  1. “He ruled out regular coronavirus screening for students and staff in favor of “targeted” Covid-19 testing.”

    I wonder what that means e.g. “who” will be their target(s) – and why?