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Covid cases being monitored in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, after surge

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Following the confirmation of 50 new coronavirus cases in Agios Nikolaos Crete, health authorities are stepping up monitoring and testing in a bid to keep the seaside town off the “red” list of hazardous areas.

Among the 50 positive tests reported on Friday, 15 were on children and five on workers from a local kindergarten. Three nurses wo work at the Agios Nikolaos hospital have also tested positive for the virus, according to Creta Live.

The results of the tests conducted by a team from the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) that was dispatched to the area point to the possibility of a strict lockdown being imposed on the town of around 10,000 residents, while six school departments have been shut down following outbreaks among students and teachers.