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

A 40% weekly drop in new Coronavirus cases in Cyprus was recorded until April 19, with five more testing positive on Monday as the downward trend continues, bringing the total number of cases to 772.

95 patients were discharged from Famagusta referral hospital from March 11 until April 19.

Repatriations continue today and tomorrow with Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos telling state TV on Easter Sunday that 1,000 people will be brought back this week alone.

Cyprus celebrated Easter from balconies and gardens, as did recuperating Covid-19 patients from the Rehabilitation Centre in Tersephanou.

The President even read to children ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Easter Sunday through the Facebook page of the Fairy Tale Museum.

Many decree violations were recorded over the Easter weekend, including the high profile one of Aradippou mayor who was booked after being caught on camera taking holy communion on Saturday morning, which he later apologised for.

Police are investigating another two church services caught on video with the participation of dozens of faithful on Friday and Saturday in Avdillero.

Among those booked by police on Easter Monday were five swimmers and one jet skier. 11 more swimmers were caught on Saturday in Limassol, and one man was even caught carrying weapons.

There was a surge in text message requests by members of the public seeking permission to leave the house on Good Friday and Good Saturday, according to the latest figures by the deputy ministry of Innovation.

And in positive news, the SBA police are donating food to help struggling families during the outbreak, and 22 Cypriot artists came together to support the government’s fight against coronavirus.

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