In the pillars of mass controls with rapid test, the detection of cases and vaccination against COVID-19 disease is based on the strategy of Cyprus for the gradual lifting of restrictive measures.
According to the latest data published by the ECDC, Cyprus remains in the 1st place among the countries of Europe, with 25,554 tests per 100,000 population. Typically, in the week of February 15-21, 202,614 rapid antigen tests were performed and 385 cases were identified.
The practice followed by Cyprus, since last November, with the implementation of a massive rapid test program in the general population, it has been adopted by other European countries, such as the United Kingdom and Germany, reports the correspondent of the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency.
The policy of the tests is in line with the recommendations of the European Center for Infection Control and Prevention (ECDC), as a method of controlling the transmissibility of new strains of the virus detected in European countries, including Cyprus.
The rapid diagnosis offered by rapid antigen tests allows the early detection and isolation of virus-positive individuals and the immediate start of tracing of their close contacts.
In order to limit as much as possible the spread of the virus in areas where there is an increased number cases, the Tracing Team of the Ministry of Health is already conducting an in-depth investigation of the cases by conducting tests and secondary contacts. This method traces more closely the close contacts of the cases and detects earlier people who are positive for the virus, reducing the chances of creating large outbreaks.
Every week the rapid tests in business
It is recalled that, according to the Decree, dated 12 February, employers in private companies, as well as the Heads of Departments / Services of the public and wider public sector, have a responsibility to coordinate the personnel to undergo a rapid test, in order to ensure the mandatory weekly rapid antigen test of staff as follows:
- Businesses / services that employ up to 3 people, the audit should be done on all employees.
- Companies / services employing from 4 to 10 people, the audit should be done on at least 4 employees.
- Businesses/ services employing more than 11 people, the audit should be done on at least 4 people or 20% of employees, whichever is greater in number.
The employee test program with rapid test is also addressed to the self-employed, such as electricians, plumbers, etc., who should present a negative certificate in case they are asked by their customers.
The weekly examination through the program must be submitted by the persons who work as domestic helpers and / or are responsible for the home care of the elderly or people with disabilities or people who can not self-serve.
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