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

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

Only three more tested positive for Coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Monday, but there are concerns over four cases identified among vulnerable groups the day before that the experts are monitoring closely.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou extended a thank-you message to nursing staff for International Nurses Day celebrated every year on May 12 as Eurostat data shows that Cyprus has one of the lowest shares of nurses and midwives among EU countries in relation to its total workforce.

The first day back to school for final year secondary pupils went smoothly, according to Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou, but pupils’ committee PSEM painted a different picture reporting technical problems.

A member of the scientific team of experts advising the Health Ministry on Coronavirus said yesterday that pupils will be taught at schools on how to protect themselves from the virus in view of a possible outbreak in September.

The Labour Ministry reminded that applications for all of its support schemes are now open for April 13 – May 12 clarifying that beneficiaries must submit new applications to receive a special allowance for this period.

Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry has extended the ban on flights to curb the spread of the virus as new data by Eurocontrol revealed that Cyprus’ air traffic has declined by 83% following the outbreak.

As shops struggle amid low turnover a week after reopening, restaurants will need to adhere to a set of new rules should the epidemiological data allow for catering establishments to open outdoors from May 21 as planned.

The World Health Organisation issued advice ahead of ‘a long, hot summer with Covid-19‘ as one of the scientific advisers to the Cyprus government says that the water itself in the sea and pools does not constitute a threat for virus transmission.

Finally, in the latest decree violation figures, only 53 people were booked island-wide overnight by police as five more get fined by the Famagusta District Court.

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