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Update – 04/03/2020

  • In a press conference on Wednesday morning, minister of Health, Constantinos Ioannou, briefed journalists on the coronavirus developments on the island. Ioannou stated that five people are currently in quarantine and 400 in self-isolation. He also urged for precaution and assured that the government is following stricter measures than the ones outlined by the World Health Organisation. Energy minister, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis is also in self-isolation following a trip to Italy as it was revealed on Wednesday.
  • Following the meeting of the bi-communal technical committee on health, on 3 March, the Turkish Cypriot co-ordinator of technical committees, Meltem Onurkan Samani, stated that nothing has changed since it was decided not to take any excessive measures on crossing points, raising questions as to the chosen course by the Republic of Cyprus. Government spokesperson, Kyriakos Koushos announced that decisions will be taken in the course of the day as to whether the crossing points that have been closed will remain closed for a longer period. It seems that the closure of crossing points will be extended but it is not clarified for how long, while the government insists that no political considerations were behind the move. At the same time, the checks and controls at the crossing points that remain open are still sparse and not constant, despite the government insisting that they take place according to the protocol. Meanwhile, the Turkish Cypriot administration, in the area not under the effective control of the RoC has announced that it will not allow entry to the island to people arriving through transit flights, from Iran and China. It is reminded that the only flights that reach the northern part of the island are of Turkish companies and with Turkey as a transit stop.
  • Information on the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 is available on the Press and Information Office¬†dedicated website www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus.

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