At the table the opening of the beaches earlier due to heat

KAFSONAS, Beaches

The beaches will reopen normally earlier than planned, since as members of the advisory scientific committee revealed yesterday, this possibility was also discussed last Friday during their meeting with the President of the Republic.

The high temperatures of the last few days, scientists said yesterday, "may lead to the need to open the beaches earlier than planned". According to the plan, the opening of the beaches is included in the third phase of lifting the restrictive measures, which begins on June 9.

"When we were at the Presidential Palace, the opening of the beaches was discussed earlier and I think there are discussions about that. Maybe for the 1st of June ", said professor Leontios Kostrikkis, pointing out:" When we have temperatures of 40-42 degrees, I see no reason why we should not think of speeding up the opening of the beaches ".

The information, which was very strong yesterday to accelerate the opening of the beaches, was indirectly but clearly confirmed by the Assistant Professor of the University of Cyprus Maria Koliou, stating that "from a scientific point of view it can be done. Now when it will happen is not our business. This is a matter for the Executive. It is possible that it is enough to take the necessary security measures ".

The scientists also discussed yesterday the issues of airports and the lifting of flight restrictions, and in contrast to their positive attitude towards the possibility of the beaches operating earlier, they were somewhat hesitant about the resumption of flights. "I believe that the airports will not be open immediately for the passenger public, because there are various processes that need to be done," said Professor Petros Karagiannis, adding that "if it is decided to open, I do not see a large number of tourists coming from abroad in June."

For his part, Professor Leontios Kostrikkis said that "airports are a difficult case, a case that needs great attention and I think it receives the necessary attention. We must make sure that the countries are properly categorized according to their epidemiological curve and that all countries are consulted in order to reach an agreement. "These steps must be taken before we can proceed."

They attend the tests in schools

Scientists took a different stance yesterday regarding the detection of cases in schools. Everyone, of course, said that there should be no excessive concern, despite the fact that everyone seems to treat the sampling process in education differently.

"I do not think we should be worried, and to be honest only the two cases in Aradippou need to be studied and traced. The other children are already being tested to see if other children are positive. We will have a clear picture of what is happening in Aradippou. I imagine that their contacts will be asymptomatic, so there is a little work to be done to see how the specific cases came about ", said Professor Petros Karagiannis.

For his part, Leontios Kostrikkis stressed that "I am not particularly worried, because as in every case, there is an exhaustive tracking." "We all need to look for them better and it is extremely important that parents work together, because we want to have as many samples from children as possible." The program of diagnostic tests in schools is in progress, he said "and soon we will have the first data that will help us form a first picture".

Particularly reassuring was Maria Koliou, who even explained that "I think that the story with Aradippou is over a few weeks ago. In fact, for one of the two incidents we have evidence that he fell ill when there was the great epidemic. They are therefore remnants of the virus. That is, they are small pieces of the virus that have remained in the body. "This is a scenario that fits in very well with these incidents."

Source: philenews