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

Cyprus remains on a stable course as five more people tested positive bringing the total to 883.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou spoke of Cyprus’ high ranking on Coronavirus testing on a global basis via Twitter as the latest Worldometer data places the island 12th in the world by order of most tests performed.

An expert from the scientific team advising the government said today that the opening of schools will help familiarise children with protective measures. His statements were preceded by protests from teachers unions who said they were taken by surprise by the Education Ministry’s decision to reopen schools on May 21.

The Labour Ministry has launched the electronic applications for three of its special allowances for the period April 13 – May 12 but the process has been temporarily suspended due to technical issues.

The Health Minister has offered to supply pharmacies with one million masks from government stocks to cover an acute shortage amid high demand during the first stage of the easing of the lockdown.

Sampling has begun for 6,000 construction site workers who returned to work since Monday as the Labour Inspection Department continues checks for compliance to hygiene measures at building sites and retail businesses.

Labour inspectors closed 11 construction sites yesterday in all districts after checking 129 islandwide.

More than 2,000 people visited a popular farmers market in Nicosia on its first day of operation after the easing of the lockdown, with the public and producers alike complying with guidelines.

Police found 74 violations of the lockdown decree overnight as the Famagusta district court hands down fines of €500 each to 16 people.

The Electronic Signature reform is being pushed ahead benefiting from the momentum in electronic transactions as a result of the crisis.

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