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Students in Greece will not have to self-test for coronavirus before going to school, as was the case in the previous school year, but they will still have to wear masks, Kathimerini reports, citing experts.

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Decisions are reportedly expected to be made no later than early September by the health ministry's expert commission, which is expected to focus on the use of masks by students and teachers in classrooms.

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The first signals coming in from experts and health authorities are that regular self-checks, unless unforeseen circumstances occur, will not return this year.

However, the use of masks is expected to remain, with many advocating for their mandatory use at least indoors in schools.

Dimitris Paraskevis, vice president of the National Organization for Public Health (EODY), said to "Kathimerini" that "the mask is an effective and free measure, and children are used to it."

He added that it will also have an effect against the spread of the influenza virus, which, based on data from the southern hemisphere, is expected to have a strong "presence" this year.

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