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Cyprus To Shut Hospitality, Malls For Holiday Season To Curb COVID-19 Spike

A handout image supplied by the Cypriot authorities’s Press and Information Office (PIO) on December 9, 2020 reveals Cyprus’ Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou (C) giving a press convention on the Amphitheatre of Shacolas Educational Centre for Clinical Medicine within the capital Nicosia, asserting new measures tackling the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Cyprus introduced Wednesday it might shut hospitality venues and procuring malls and ban church attendance over the Christmas holidays to curb a spike in coronavirus circumstances.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou introduced the tighter restrictions following an emergency cupboard assembly.

Rapid antigen assessments all through Cyprus had proven that “the virus is everywhere, in all cities, villages, districts”.

He stated bars, eating places, cafes, and different hospitality venues should shut, as will procuring malls, whereas church providers will go forward with out attendees and after-school tutorial centres are additionally banned.

The new measures can be enforced from December 11 to 31.

High colleges will resort to distant studying from December 14, Ioannou informed a press convention.

“With these measures, we are trying to prevent a deterioration of the situation before the epidemiological picture becomes irreversible,” he stated.

Cyprus on November 30 imposed a nationwide eight-hour night-time curfew from 9 pm whereas hospitality venues have been ordered to close at 7 pm.

These measures have been to run out on December 13 if the Covid-19 scenario improved however Cyprus registered a excessive of 419 day by day circumstances on Tuesday and 5 deaths, making it the deadliest day on document.

In the 9 days for the reason that authorities launched new measures, 2,903 circumstances have been reported, whereas one other 20 hospital sufferers misplaced their lives to Covid-19.

At the top of September, Cyprus had just one,755 circumstances, however the variety of infections has since shot as much as over 13,000.

“In recent days there has been a deterioration in epidemiological indicators, the worst since the pandemic broke out,” stated Ioannou.

The minister agreed there was “fatigue” among the many public over the foundations and restrictions, which was harming their effectiveness.

Cyprus had largely saved a lid on the pandemic by introducing an early lockdown in March that was progressively eased from early May.

Health authorities blame the spike on Cypriots flouting hygiene guidelines, together with on mask-wearing and social distancing.

Face masks are necessary indoors and outside, besides at house, whereas family gatherings are restricted to 10 individuals, as are weddings and funerals.

The Cyprus Covid-19 case tally is now at 13,286 and 68 deaths.

-AFP

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