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Update – 05/11/2020

  • Cyprus announced new restrictions on Wednesday evening to fight a resurgence of COVID-19 after a rise in cases in recent weeks.
    • A curfew on movement from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. started on Thursday and remains in force until November 30.
    • Cyprus introduced a broad lockdown in March that brought cases of COVID-19 down to zero or single digits before restrictions were eased. An uptick started in early October.
    • On Wednesday, the Mediterranean island reported 166 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 5,100. There have been 26 deaths.
    • “The daily increase in cases risks spiralling out of control, which other than posing a threat to life threatens the healthcare system, employment and our welfare in general,” Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said in a televised address.
    • In the mantime, Minister of Health Constantinos Ioannou clarified that dining areas will be allowed to stay open until 22:30.
    • Gatherings in homes or public places will be allowed, excluding the dining areas, with a maximum number of 10 people per house/group, including minors.
    • He also announced additional measures in the Limassol and Paphos districts, where the spread of the virus is higher, for the period between Thursday, November 5 and 16.
    • These include, inter alia, that all group sports and social activities of children under the age of 18 are prohibited (eg football, dance, swimming, martial arts, theater, choir, etc.).
    • Meanwhile, he said that games of sports championships of athletes under the age of 18 of the teams, whose home is in the Limassol and Paphos districts, are also prohibited.
    • He gave an example, saying that  if a team based in the District of Limassol or Paphos competes with a team from the District of Nicosia, the match is postponed until the measures are lifted.
    • In addition, gyms and all playgrounds, in or outdoors, will have to suspended their operation.

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