A father who threatened teachers and a school principal after his son was forbidden from going to school because he had not completed the mandatory Covid self-test and was not wearing a mask has been handed a 15 month prison sentence, suspended for three years, by a Thessaloniki court.

High school students sit inside a class room at Glyfada, suburb west of Athens, Monday. Home tests have been distributed to teachers and students aged 16-18, as authorities reopened high schools for students in the final three grades on Monday.[Yorgos Karahalis/AP]

Education Minister Niki Kerameus reiterated on Monday that it is imperative for parents to be persuaded about the effectiveness and safety of Covid vaccines for their children as inoculation rates among school students are still low.


Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of a new lockdown while he did not rule out the extension of compulsory vaccinations to other professional categories apart from health workers, if this is necessitated by the course of the pandemic.


The president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVEA), Vassilis Korkidis, hailed the measures announced on Tuesday that require unvaccinated individuals to test themselves at their own expense, noting that the economy cannot afford yet another lockdown.