President Nicos Anastasiades has added his voice to persistent calls to the public to remain at home as much as possible as the country goes into practical lock down to contain the spread of coronavirus.
In a message on Twitter, the president shared the call “Stay Home, Save Lives.”
— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) March 17, 2020
Schools have closed, a flight ban comes into effect on March 21, the operation of catering and other businesses has been suspended and rules have been introduced regarding gatherings of people.
There are no cinemas or theatres, and government offices and public organisations are not accepting members of the public.
But the effectiveness of the measures also rests on the public complying with advice, staying home and restricting their movements as much as possible.
Nurses working at Famagusta Hospital, which is the referral hospital for coronavirus, have made a similar appeal.
“Nursing staff are doing their duty with self-sacrifice. Do your duty too. Stay home!” they said on a post on Facebook