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Experts brief president, dates for phase 3 to be announced by cabinet tomorrow


The next steps in the lockdown exit strategy will be decided and announced by the Council of Ministers tomorrow, members of the team of scientists said on Tuesday after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace today.

Professor Petros Karayiannis and Dr Maria Koliou said the exact dates regarding the relaxation of the measures will be given by cabinet which meets tomorrow.

Karayiannis said that the president had asked to be briefed about the epidemiological picture. Some dates were discussed and these will be ratified by cabinet, he said.

Phase three is in June (according to the initial road map it starts on June 9), but Karayiannis said said that phase four is “a little up in the air” as some of the relaxations may be introduced earlier than initially planned.

President meets experts on phase 3 of relaxation of lockdown

He denied there was a rift between the epidemiological team and the health minister “There was no letter. The minister asked for some amendments and we agreed,” he said.

Koliou said the epidemiological situation allowed some of the restrictive measures to be relaxed earlier. Gyms will open under preconditions. “There will be weddings and concerts in 2020, but some time is needed,” she said.

The meeting had also discussed the issue of the checkpoints, based on the exchange of views and data at the bicommunal technical committee of health yesterday.


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