News Local Measures against Covid-19 must become the Modus Vivendi, Professor Kostrikis says

Measures against Covid-19 must become the Modus Vivendi, Professor Kostrikis says

The additional measures decided and applied ten days ago by the government and the epidemiological team, in the framework of the actions taken to contain corona virus spread, constitute a normality that must go on for the next six months, Leondios Kostrikis Professor of Virology at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus has told the Cyprus News Agency, noting that this must be the Modus Vivendi of Cypriot citizens until vaccines are available.

Kostrikis who is a member of the epidemiological team of the Health Ministry estimated that the increase of Covid-19 cases is towards its end, noting that the new measures announced by the government ten days ago seem to be effective.

Moreover, he expressed the belief that the current situation in Greece shows the fact that the decision taken by the government to remove Greece from Category A to Category B has been correct.

Passengers coming from Category A countries are not required to present a laboratory test certificate.

Passengers coming from Category B countries are required to have had a laboratory test carried out by a recognised laboratory at least during the last 72 hours prior to departure and possess a Certificate showing a negative PCR for Covid-19.

Kostrikis said that the new measures must continue until a vaccine is found, while referring to the increase of cases in Limassol he noted that it seems to be reaching its end.

He said that measures implemented in Limassol right now must be implemented island-wide.

Asked about the current situation in Cyprus, Kostrikis said that there can be no zero cases, but a small number of cases, noting that their aim is to have less than 5 cases per 1000 tests.

Kostrikis assessed that Cyprus will have access to the vaccine during the first three months of 2021.

He said that the Health Ministry has expressed its interest in the Astra Zeneca vaccine and has already placed an order of 1,200,000 doses, expected at the beginning of 2021.

Meanwhile a Health Ministry source has told the Agency that epidemiologists will probably meet on Tuesday afternoon to review the situation, taking into consideration amongst other things the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Greece.

Top Stories

Gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan: police

  Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and...

Austria extends third COVID-19 lockdown to February 8

  Austria will extend its COVID-19 lockdown, with the goal to start easing restrictions from Feb. 8, the government said. The catering sector and tourism will...

Beirut blast possibly linked to Syrian businessmen, alleged connection to Cypriot woman

  The company that bought the ammonium nitrate which exploded in Beirut last August had possible links to two Syrian businessmen under U.S. sanctions for...

43 year old missing for three months

  Authorities are launching yet another appeal for 43 year old Luc Thi Van, who's been missing from her home in Nicosia since October 18...

Limassol municipality sorry about flood damages, citing responsibility of many

  Many are to blame for the lack of anti-flood work in the historic centre of Limassol, said a municipality statement, apologising to the locals...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...