x

Society

After Oversized COVID-19 Masks Given Greek Students, Production Stops

September 15, 2020

ATHENS – In an embarrassing and widely-televised moment for the New Democracy government, many Greek students returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic were given masks big enough to cover their whole face.

That has led to the halting of production of thousands of reusable masks allegedly designed for school children, with the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDE) inundated with complaints.

Hundreds of pupils returning to school were met with masks so big they were neither functional nor effective in protecting the children and those around them from the Coronavirus, said Kathimerini.

The manufacturers will be going back to production once they receive new measurements from the Health Ministry, which admitted that the orders for the three different mask sizes – one each for kindergarten and elementary school children, and a third for older students and adults – were badly worded and led to confusion.

All school children are being supplied with a reusable mask and a refillable water bottle as part of health safety protocols governing the reopening of schools although fears remain the virus could spread despite health protocols.

Fears of mass resistance from anti-masker parents groups who said the coverings aren't safe didn't materialize, with only a few protests although there were incidents in in Achaia, Thessaloniki and on Crete, where a parent was allegedly verbally and physically abusive toward a teacher and hit him.

That led Education Minister Niki Kerameus to ask a prosecutor to step in and said her ministry would do “whatever is necessary to protect the educational community,” from harassment, abuse or violence.

RELATED

For Hellenes and Philhellenes, there are a variety places, sentiments, and ideas that draw them to different parts of the Hellenic world.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Evzones March in the Rain to Greek Flag Raising at Bowling Green in NYC (VIDEO)

NEW YORK – The heavy rain did not deter the Hellenic Presidential Guard, the Evzones, and the participants in the march from St.

JERUSALEM  — An incoming attack by Iranian drones and ballistic missiles poses the latest challenge to Israel’s air defense system, which already has been working overtime to cope with incoming rocket, drone and missile attacks throughout the six-month war against Hamas.

JERUSALEM  — Booms and air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem early Sunday after Iran launched dozens of drones and ballistic missiles toward Israel in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East ever closer to a regionwide war.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors realize they will have a hard road to reach the playoffs.

The Ford Bronco initially was conceived and designed for rugged outdoorsy types, a two-door means of escape to nature from the bustling cities of mid-century America.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.