Students of high schools and the Technical School of Paphos were found positive in the last two days in the coronavirus event that caused concern in the schools of the city. According to the coordinator, high school principal Andreas Iosif, the cases were identified by a rapid test performed by students in the context of general population control. However, as Mr. Joseph said, there were no problems in the operation of the schools as the relevant protocols were followed. Until the weekend in Paphos there were sporadic cases and the rate of positivity was very low. From the weekend, however, an upward trend began to be recorded. Specifically, in the last 4 days a total of 23 cases were recorded while last week it was less than 10.
Regarding the measures applied in the schools, Mr. Joseph stated that the only problem that arises is during the breaks of the students in the Lyceums as they cannot be rolled like in the Gymnasiums. The only measure taken, he added, is the separation of students in the courtyard by class, but unfortunately there is overcrowding. Referring to the mandatory tests, he stressed that there will be problems as the population of students is very large, so efforts continued to be made by the Ministry of Education to have the tests performed by special teams that will visit schools. Commenting on the possibility of schools to provide both live and distance education at the same time, he said that problems would arise since the technological infrastructure that exists in schools will not be able to respond.