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Coronavirus: Test to stay extended to other sectors (Update 1)

Coronavirus: Test to stay extended to other sectors (Update 1)

The cabinet on Wednesday announced, as expected, that the test to stay’ programme being implemented in schools would be extended to health professionals in public and private hospitals, police and the fire department.

The date of implementation of the measure will be announced after consultation with the competent ministries and services, a statement issued after the cabinet meeting said.

It was also decided that from January 28, children aged 2-5 should undergo a weekly rapid test for attendance in kindergartens and pre-primary schools. It will be free under the health ministry’s programme.

Also from January 28, rapid tests can substitute for PCR tests on the 7th day for the early release of close contacts undergoing ten days of self-isolation.

The latter excludes health professionals working in private and public hospitals, closed structures and nursing homes.

In schools, test to stay for students who are close contacts can also use a rapid test for release  on the 7th day.

This means that students who use the measure from Monday, January 24, 2022, will have to undergo a rapid test for a period of seven days through the free testing sites and those operating in schools.

All other existing measures are to stay in place until February 17.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas presented the latest suggestions of the scientific team and where the latest data was analysed.

“In the last few days, a steady course of epidemiological indicators has been recorded, with the number of daily cases showing a decrease,” the ministry said.

“There is still no room for complacency,” it added. “There needs to be constant vigilance by all for the faithful observance of the health protocols”.

According to the data, from January 15 to 21, there were 13,997 positives recorded across the island. This represented decreases in all ages groups, it added.

“The guiding principle is always the safest operation of society, with the aim of protecting and safeguarding the health of all citizens.”

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