Cyprus: Regime swaps student quarantine for five days of virus tests

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Cyprus is changing its compulsory quarantine rules for school children in an effort to keep pupils in school amid surging coronavirus infections, the country’s health minister said Wednesday. Under the new system, schoolkids who were in close contact with classmates who test positive will no longer face compulsory quarantine. Instead, they must undergo either a rapid or a self-test for five consecutive days while continuing to attend school, so long as they test negative. Minister Michalis Hadjipantela said after a Cabinet meeting that the month-long effort starting next week will apply to primary and secondary students regardless if they’ve been vaccinated or not. The aim of the so-called ‘test to stay’ scheme is to keep schools running by quickly identifying and isolating newly infected students without keeping classmates away from lessons.” (01/12/22)