Announcement by the Ministry of Health regarding the decisions of the Council of Ministers
At today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Health, Mr Michalis Hadjipantela, presented the recommendations of the members of the Scientific Advisory Committee that were discussed at yesterday’s meeting, during which the data recorded by the Tracing Team, by the hospitals of the State Health Services Organisation and the rates of vaccination coverage of the population were analysed and evaluated. In recent days a steady course of epidemiological indicators has been recorded, with the number of daily positive cases decreasing. Complacency is not allowed and constant vigilance is needed by everyone to ensure that the health protocols are faithfully complied with.
According to data from the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health, 13,997 positive cases within the community were recorded from 15 to 21 January 2022, with a decrease recorded in all age groups. The Ministry of Health is constantly on alert, carrying out an evaluation of all scientific and/or epidemiological data together with the Scientific Advisory Committee. The guiding principle is the safer functioning of society, with the aim of protecting and defending the health of all citizens.
Taking into account the above as well as the fact that specific protocols need to be updated and measures need to be taken to enable society and the economy to remain operational, the Council of Ministers has decided:
(α) as of 28 January 2022, the replacement of the PCR laboratory test with rapid antigen tests (rapid test) on the 7th day as referred to in the protocol for management of close contacts of confirmed positive cases and on this basis should self-isolate for 10 days.
(b) the implementation of the test-to-stay measure for health professionals in public and private hospitals, the Police and the Fire Service.
(c) as of 28 January 2022, for children aged 2-5 years, rapid antigen testing (rapid test) once a week is recommended for attendance in kindergartens and pre-primary schools.
(d) the extension of all existing measures until 17 February 2022.
Relevant Press Releases
Rapid Antigen Testing Units – 26 June 2022
Rapid Antigen Testing Units – 25 June 2022