Cyprus will remain in lockdown until the end of April as efforts continue to contain the coronavirus pandemic, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
In a televised statement, the president said that cabinet had decided to extend sweeping decrees that have brought the island to a virtual standstill until April 30, with no exception for Easter.
He said the measures taken had delivered results and justified a “ray of light” but said there was no room to relax any measures because this could have potentially destructive consequences.
The Republic of Cyprus has recorded 526 confirmed coronavirus cases (including ten in the British Bases) as well as nine deaths directly attributable to Covid-19.
Experts have sounded a note of cautious optimism in the past few days, saying the number of new cases appears to be stabilising.
But they have also said it was still too early to have a definitive picture and warned against lifting restrictive measures, particularly in the days before Easter.
The president announced that the support measures for business, employees and the self-employed will continue until June 12. State support will be offered for four months after that, based on specific criteria.