News Local Covid-19: A round-up of the latest developments in Cyprus

Covid-19: A round-up of the latest developments in Cyprus




17 more tested positive on Sunday in the republic of Cyprus, down from 21 the day before showing signs of general decline. Dr Marios Loizou urged home care centres for the vulnerable to strictly adhere to relevant instructions after two Covid cases were found in among residents of home for the elderly in Aradippou.

A woman died at the Famagusta referral hospital on Saturday night, raising the tally to 11 dead from Covid-19. Another five have also died while infected with the virus, but their underlying health conditions were determined as the final cause of death.

The government initiated a large scale Covid testing operation on Saturday with plans to test 20,000 workers in the private and public sectors in 20 days in addition to 6,500 tests of healthcare workers and other staff at the island’s public hospitals.

A British-Cypriot newspaper urges the UK government to investigate the disproportionately high death rate of UK Cypriots, as two British-Cypriots living in London, a father and son, die from the virus within days of each other.


The second batch of medical equipment and consumables from China arrived on Saturday and a third batch will be arriving this week according to the Chinese ambassador.


Two flight arrivals are scheduled at Larnaca Airport on Monday as repatriations continue of those stranded.

About 300 Russian nationals are stuck in Cyprus awaiting repatriation, Tass reports.

The illegal regime in Turkish-held northern Cyprus decided on a one-week entry ban through checkpoints to UK peacekeepers and foreign diplomats, creating practical problems that UNFICYP is working to address.


Police booked 217 drivers and pedestrians for breaking the stay at home decree after carrying out 12,082 checks in 24 hours.

The chief of police said on Monday that the force will be on high alert during Easter to ensure strict adherence to government measures.

Police broke up a liturgy in an Orthodox church in Peristerona on Sunday where three people refused to comply and were booked.


Payments for the Labour Ministry’s support packages for businesses and workers will begin on Tuesday, as Minister Zeta Emilianidou says 11,000 submitted wrong bank details and efforts are underway to correct disparities so that payments can be made.

Consumers become increasingly tense when shopping in supermarkets.

Cyprus’ firepower to counter the coronavirus-fuelled financial crisis.


An overwhelming majority of Cypriots approve of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a new poll finds.

Inside the Health Ministry’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit.

The University of Cyprus’ platform that drastically reduced time of handling Covid cases.

And 50 dogs and cats flown safely to the UK from Larnaca airport.

Read more:

Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

Top Stories

Police hand out 27 fines for violation of covid-19 measures

Police booked six establishments and 21 individuals all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours for violation of measures to contain the spread of...

Protest against Chile’s government

A protester gestures while a church is set on fire during a protest against Chile's government, on the one-year anniversary of the protests and...

Millennials get little satisfaction from democracy – Cambridge study

Young people are less satisfied with democracy and more disillusioned than at any other time in the past century, especially in Europe, North America,...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 40.06 million

More than 40.06 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,113,218​ have died, according to a Reuters...

EU to launch infringement procedures against Cyprus, Malta over “golden passports”

The European Commission on Tuesday will finalize and launch infringement procedures against Cyprus and Malta in relation to their controversial  “golden passport” schemes. The schemes...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...