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Cypriot expert signals China measures 'in line with EU'

Local health expert Petros Karayiannis says new COVID measures in Cyprus will be in line with EU

Source: CNA

Collective measures in line with the EU will be taken to tackle new outbreak of COVID cases in China Dr Petros Karayiannis, member of the scientific advisory committee told the Cyprus News Agency, following a meeting on Monday with the Health Minister.

Karayiannis, a Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School, noted that there is no need to panic at the moment.

Measures, CNA has learned, will be finalized next Tuesday during a new meeting under the aegis of the Minister. The measures are expected to be approved by the Cabinet the next day.

Dr Karayiannis said that most probably the measures will be similar to those all EU member states will take, adding that already some countries have restrictions in place, including a negative COVID test or testing on passengers in order to identify new strains of the virus.

He said that the strain dominant now in China is already in Cyprus, noting that the concern lies in whether any new strains emerge due to the high transmission of the virus in China.

In relation to vaccinations, Dr Karayiannis said that we still have very low booster rates in people over 60 years of age. He said that the immunity, as time goes by, becomes also low.

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