Another six Cypriots, five women and one man, most of them students who arrived in Larnaca from Amsterdam on Tuesday without a health certificate are being taken to Platres for quarantine where they will join abut 40 others taken there last night
They were allowed to disembark even though the government has said that only Cypriots and legal residents are allowed entry provided they can show they have tested negative for coronavirus. They will then have to be quarantined for 14 days.
The rules have sparked an outcry among Cypriots stranded abroad who are unable to get the certificate.
Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said in a written statement that President Nicos Anastasiades is chairing a meeting of the ministerial committee on coronavirus with the participation of attorney general Costas Clerides to discuss the urgent issues which have arisen as result of the spread of coronavirus.
“The times are critical and the government is calling on everyone to be calm prudent and rational in view of the unprecedented conditions our country faces,” he said.
Meanwhile the attorney general has rejected criticism regarding the entry restrictions.
“While some try to find legally acceptable ways to save our country from a destructive pandemic others are busy with theories without in depth study,” he said.
His remarks are seen as a response to lawyers who have argued that the restriction is a violation of citizens’ human rights.