31 people were confirmed positive for the virus in the Republic on Friday after an additional 819 samples were processed in labs across Cyprus, raising total coronavirus cases to 595. The coronavirus death toll in the Republic of Cyprus remained stable at 10. The 31 new cases involve 15 contacts of other known cases, one person who had traveled abroad, and another 15 whose history is still under investigation. According to the Health Ministry’s team of experts on Friday, 58 people have so far recovered from the virus.
The authorities in the Turkish-help northern Cyprus said on Thursday evening that one more has tested positive to Covid-19, bringing the total there to 96.
The government announced the extension of measures to companies and self-employed persons hit by the coronavirus outbreak until June 12, increasing direct support to €849 million or 3.5% of GDP. Moreover, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, Zeta Emilianidou said the government intent to extend the measures to support businesses and self-employed persons for a period of four months beyond June 12, supporting businesses that lost more than 50% of their turnover and continue register a reduction of their turnover, even after the kickstart of economic activity. The Ministry of Labour’s support scheme amount to €240 million per month. The first package announced in mid-March until April 12 amounted to €369 million but included one-off measures such as the direct support to public hospitals amounting to €100 million, €15 million to support Cyprus tourist product and €11 million, a one-off allowance to Cypriot university students who were not allowed to return home for Easter holidays due to the coronavirus.
Five flights take place on Friday to and from Larnaka airport repatriating Cypriot citizens from abroad and transporting foreign nationals to their own countries. A Georgian Airways flight landed at around 0800 hours local time (0500 GMT) from Tbilisi with 13 people on board, CNA sources have said. At about 1840 hours local time a Cyprus Airways flight will land in Larnaka having departed from Hanover and stopped at Salonica, with about 107 passengers on board, who are Cypriot citizens who had been sent for treatment abroad by the government for various medical reasons. In particular, 1 passenger had been in France, 36 in Hanover, 2 in Denmark, 3 in Switzerland, 2 in Holland, 2 in Poland, 7 in Saudi Arabia and 54 in Salonica.
Police booked 153 drivers and pedestrians over the past 24 hours after carrying out 16,992 checks on compliance with the stay at home decree. The checks were carried out from 6 am on Thursday to 6 am on Friday.
Police will remain fully operational and in a state of high alert during the Easter holiday period to ensure citizens comply with government restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus, Police spokesman Christos Andreou has told Cyprus News Agency. Andreou said that the Police would continue to carry out its strict checks for full citizens’ compliance with the measures, noting that “Police’s operational readiness will be enhanced even more”. He stressed that police reports are by no means an end in themselves, noting however that violations of the relevant decrees issued by the Health Minister would be reported without exception.