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Sixty Die with Coronavirus as Infections Rise Again in Greece

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The city of Athens. Credit: Greek Reporter

The EODY, the national health authority of Greece, announced on Monday that another 60 individuals had passed away after suffering with the coronavirus, an increase of nine over the previous day, Sunday, when 51 people had died.

There have now been a total of 11,089 fatalities in those who had suffered from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

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A total of 1,904 infections have been diagnosed in the country over the past 24 hours, a rise of 476 over the past day, bringing the total number of infections, including all those who have recovered from the virus, to 363,904.

There were 732 people on ventilators on Monday, an increase of four individuals from the 728 who were undergoing the invasive treatment on Sunday.

On Monday, Greece reopened schools and courtrooms for in-person attendance following months of closures due to the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Primary and middle schools welcomed back students following the opening of high schools on April 12th. Courts also reopened for many of their activities, with reasonable restrictions in order to safeguard people from the spread of the coronavirus.

Schools in Greece reopen despite 3,000 student testing positive

SKAI TV, one of the largest channels in Greece, reported that nearly 3,000 pupils and teachers tested positive for the virus prior to schools opening on Monday.

Despite this development, all school grades are now open across the country, and all must follow the regulations set out by the government to keep staff and students safe. These include mandatory temperature checks as students enter school buildings, as well as increased sanitation throughout schools.

The school grades that started in-person operation on Monday also have to take part in Greece’s self-testing program, which has already been in place in high schools.

Self-testing kits can be obtained by those who are eligible for them at any pharmacy for free. The test is given upon presentation of a valid AMKA social security number of either the child or the parent of the child.

Together with the self test kit, recipients are given written instructions on how to correctly collect their sample. Test results must be declared up to 24 hours before attending classes. To do so, students and teachers need to upload their test results to an online platform.

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