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

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

Another 14 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday in the Republic of Cyprus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 146, while two more tested positive in the Turkish-held north raising the total number of cases there to 58. The Republic of Cyprus also counts three deaths since Tuesday.

We learned that a Greek-Cypriot was among the latest Coronavirus deaths recorded in the UK, and yesterday it was announced that nine Turkish-Cypriots living in the UK have so far died from the virus.

A very important fiscal package of economic measures prepared by the government comprising more than ten bills designed to shore up jobs and bolster businesses hit by the Covid-19 crisis will be put before the House plenum for approval on Friday afternoon.

In good news, five more patients were discharged yesterday from Famagusta Hospital and a 20 month old girl from the British Bases that was tested yesterday at Makarios Hospital in Nicosia after presenting symptoms was found negative to the virus.

In addition, a private hospital in Paphos that had suspended operations when a staff member was found positive to the virus on Tuesday is now back in operation after all samples taken from its staff came out negative.

The lockdown is ongoing and another 261 people were booked for violating it, while some had entertaining excuses to offer police for why they were out and about. The cabinet is certainly ensuring that people are taking movement restrictions seriously by approving a bill for €150 on the spot fine for those breaking the decree, that could go up to €3000 for those to be charged in court.

The council of ministers came to the help of struggling animal NGOs yesterday announcing a €50,000 euro emergency grant to help them feed strays and animals in their care.

The volunteer movement is giving its all to help the vulnerable in this crisis, with the Commissioner for Volunteerism coordinating mobile teams to conduct home visits to deliver food and other essentials, and the Jewish community of Cyprus importing a large amount of food, medical masks and antibacterial hand gel, to support the elderly and needy.

In repatriation news, two flights were scheduled to depart from Larnaca and Paphos on Friday flying home to Helsinki and Tel Aviv 139 people.

Meanwhile, hoteliers in Paphos are heartwarmingly offering free accommodation in town to medical professionals sent from other hospitals to staff Paphos Hospital.

And the President’s reply to a little girl who asked him to rid Cyprus of the coronavirus so that she can play with her cousins is a real tear-jerker.

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