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Students in Greece to Return to School Vaccinated or with Negative Test

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Students and teachers will have to be vaccinated, have antibodies, or test negative for the virus to go back to school this year. Credit: Greek Government

When schools across Greece are set to reopen after the summer vacation on September 13, both students and teachers will have to be vaccinated, have antibodies, or test negative for the coronavirus twice weekly to get back in the classroom.

According to guidelines released by the Greek Ministry of Education on Wednesday, teachers who are unvaccinated must show that they have recovered from the virus in the past six months or provide two negative test results each week to continue working.

This rule applies to teachers and educators at all levels, including in higher education.

Teachers, students must be vaccinated or show negative test to enter schools in Greece

Additionally, students aged twelve and older who have received the shot can provide proof of vaccination to re-enter their schools.

Those younger than twelve and those who have not been vaccinated must either show evidence that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months or test negative twice each week, just like unvaccinated educators.

The difference here is that unvaccinated teachers must receive two PCR tests each week, but unvaccinated students can provide results from self tests, which are less expensive and readily available at pharmacies.

In its announcement, the Greek Education Ministry urged educators in Greece who have not yet been inoculated against the virus to “rush to make use of the shield of protection against the coronavirus before the start of the new school year” and get vaccinated.

Coronavirus cases on the rise in Greece

Greece recorded a rise in the number of daily coronavirus cases in the country on Tuesday, as 4,181 total cases were recorded across the nation.

The current figure marks 1,586 more instances of the virus than the 2,595 cases that had been recorded on Monday. The average age of those who tested positive for the virus in Greece is 40.

A total of 11 of Tuesday’s cases were identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.

Currently, there are 219 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is 12 more than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Monday.

Tragically, 20 people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period, which is the same figure as those who died with the virus on Monday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 521,399 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.

Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 116 are associated with foreign travel and 2,489 have been linked to contact with a known case.

Of the 219 patients intubated currently, 84.5% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 65.

Additionally, a total of 2,848 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 19 new deaths recorded on Tuesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 13,118; 95.2% of those who have passed away with Covid-19 were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.

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