News Local Kostrikis: 'If we lose the airports we lose the war'

Kostrikis: ‘If we lose the airports we lose the war’

Member of the committee of experts advising the government on Coronavirus Dr Leontios Kostrikis said on Tuesday that “we need to fight tooth and nail for airports.”

Speaking to Phileleftheros, Kostrikis said that “if the battle at airports is lost, we lose the war against Coronavirus. This is why the government needs to ensure that five tests are performed at a time at the cost of one, which will increase capacity five-fold from 300 today to 1,500 thereby fortifying the country.”

He mentioned that he has already submitted this recommendation to the government and despite a Minister advising that he would revert on the ways multiple testing could be implemented, he has yet to receive a response.

Kostrikis also expressed concern over the three footballers who arrived from Serbia who initially tested negative in their country but were found positive when tested in Cyprus. “Something strange is going on, which is why Serbia should be in Category C,” he said.

Read also: Ministry updates travel list; Serbia in Group C

He is also concerned over the situation in Greece, noting that there appears to be a resurgence locally whose outcomes will become apparent in due course.

He added that the refugee/immigrant cases are also of concern “who cross to the free areas without checks as it is not known whether they are carrying the virus or not and they come into contact with people meanwhile.

“Unfortunately, there are no special accommodation areas before they are taken to the reception centres, which is dangerous both for them as well as the country.”

As regards the epidemiological situation in Cyprus, he said that domestically the island is doing very well.

“Personally I am not concerned because before the easing of measures, the test results reflected reality to a great extent, as opposed to Greece where tests were fewer and appear to not have reflected the true situation, which became evident following the lifting of measures,” he noted.

Finally, responding to a relevant question, Kostrikis said that in a nutshell “Cyprus is crystal clean and any threats come from airports, ports, checkpoints and refugees/immigrants crossing to the free areas unchecked. Therefore, we need to pay special attention to the aforementioned.”

Top Stories

Fourteen new corona virus cases detected out of 3,539 tests

According to the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health 14 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected out of a total...

Cyprus will stand by Lebanon, FM wrote in Book of Condolence

Cyprus will stand by Lebanon during these challenging times and will provide all possible aid and support in an effort to alleviate the immense...

Cyprus stands ready to offer any help that Lebanon requests, Justice Minister says

Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Emily Yiolitis has said that Cyprus is ready to offer any help that Lebanon requests. Yiolitis visited on Friday...

Four-member team of ‘Volunteer Doctors Cyprus’ travels to Beirut Sunday

A four-member team of "Volunteer Doctors Cyprus" departs on Sunday for Beirut to offer assistance at local hospitals. The team will provide help for the...

Cyprus’ Agriculture Minister expects joint meeting with EU Commissioners to discuss halloumi registration

Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture Costas Kadis said on Friday that he expects a joint meeting to be arranged with competent European Commissioners, in order...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...