Top court backs mandatory tests for pupils, teachers

Top court backs mandatory tests for pupils, teachers

The Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, has upheld a ministerial decision stipulating mandatory Covid-19 testing by pupils and teachers at primary and secondary schools to protect from infection.

The court rejected an appeal by 62 parents and teachers, deeming such rules and regulations to be necessary or proper for the protection of public health and safety.

The ruling, which is final and cannot be appealed, comes at a time when the highly contagious Delta variant has completely prevailed amid a new surge in the epidemic.

Indicatively, confirmed daily cases jumped to 4,165 Tuesday, while 25 deaths were also reported. There has also been a significant increase in intubations, with 380 patients Tuesday, compared to 354 on Monday. 

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