Cyprus imposes strict quarantine due to worsening epidemiological situation

The Cypriot authorities have decided to tighten the quarantine due to the worsening epidemiological situation.

“The increase in the number of cases of infection, combined with pressure on the health system due to the high number of hospitalizations cannot leave us indifferent and requires difficult decisions and radical measures to stop the spread of the virus in society,” said Health Minister Konstantinos Ioannou. In this regard, the country is imposing the toughest restrictions in the entire period of the pandemic.

According to the government decree, from April 26 to May 9 the country will be under curfew (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.), it will be possible to go out into the street once a day after receiving special permission (through SMS), a ban on meetings is introduced, bars, restaurants, and stores (except for food) are closed. The activity of theaters, cinemas, gyms will be suspended, hairdressing salons and beauty salons will not work. Companies will be obliged to send at least 80 percent of employees to work remotely.

Church services will be held without parishioners, with the exception of the Easter service from May 1 to May 2.

According to the latest figures, in Cyprus, since the beginning of the pandemic, there are about 60 thousand cases of coronavirus infection, in recent days the increase in illnesses is about 1 thousand people a day.