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COVID-19 Self-Tests for Greek High School Students, Teachers Required

ATHENS – As part of a requirement for reopening on April 12, Greek high school seniors and teachers will have to show negative results for COVID-19 from self-test kits, some 450,000 to be distributed free through pharmacies.

They might have to stand in line though as the kits are also available to everyone, one a week in a bid to slow the pandemic along with an accelerating vaccination program. 

Foreign students who are not registered with the Greek public health system or whose parents do not have a tax number in Greece will reportedly be issued a temporary AMKA number so they can get the kids, unsure how it would happen.

The Education Ministry’s plan for gradually reopening schools is to make self-testing mandatory twice a week, said Kathimerini, with students and teachers required to report the results, no word how it could be overseen.

For households that do not have access to a printer, parents or teachers can otherwise fill in a handwritten declaration form, the report also said.

For those who test positive, showing they are infected, the self-testing.gov.gr platform (available only in Greek), which will be monitoring the results, will instruct the user to have another test conducted by a professional health worker at a public or private facility.

People who test positive should stay at home until they are allowed to return to school but it wasn’t said how long the quarantine would be or how it would be monitored or enforced if people who are infected say they aren’t.

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