Despite an alarming spike in new coronavirus cases in Cyprus over the past couple of days, health authorities won’t put the brakes on the gradual easing of restrictions which began on Monday.
This is what Philenews reported on Wednesday, citing health experts who also said hospitals are stable and not overburdened at the moment and this gives authorities a breathing space.
“The resilience of the country’s hospitals and adequacy of beds should be the determining factor behind any new moves aiming to avoid a major setback,” one said.
“Also to come under consideration should be the severity of the condition of patients who show symptoms and need hospitalisation.”
On Tuesday, the Ministry announced the death from covid-19 of a 52 year-old man who had no known underlying health conditions and another 288 new coronavirus cases.
This brought the total number since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country a year ago to 35,297.
In the meantime, 79 people are being treated in hospital for the disease, 22 of whom in a serious conditions. The positivity rate across Cyprus was 0.87%.
A number of measures were being relaxed on Monday during a second phase of the government’s plan to gradually reactivate the economy.
In addition to the re-opening of high schools and vocational institutes, the measures included the resumption of tutorial services and afternoon classes.
Gyms and dance schools were also allowed to open along with sports facilities for third division teams, while nature trails were once again accessible for exercise purposes only.
Other measures, including a night curfew and sending text messages before going out, remained in effect.