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Cyprus closer to normality and freedom

Minister points to good epidemiological situation but cautions public to follow rules to stay on track


A mere 69 coronavirus cases were announced on Wednesday as COVID deaths became less frequent in the Republic of Cyprus, with a positivity rate down to 0,17% prompting authorities to announce the next step of easing pandemic restrictions.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou this week said Cyprus would be closer to normality next week, when additional relaxations of measures were expected to go into effect over the next few days.

New measure relaxations start on Saturday, May 29, when the night curfew will be shortened between 1am and 5am, while curfew will be terminated for good on June 10.

New measure relaxations start on Saturday when the night curfew will be shortened between 1am and 5am, while curfew will be terminated for good on June 10

On Tuesday, June 1, a house gathering cap will be increased to 20 people per household, including home residents and minors.

An official decree is expected to be issued in the coming days for all measures valid for June.

This week officials said 51% of the population eligible for a vaccine in the Republic of Cyprus got their first dose, while 25% have been fully vaccinated.

But Ioannou also cautioned the public, saying adherence to health protocols remained critical as Cyprus moved forward with re-opening society and the economy.

“Our common goal ought to be the preservation of this good epidemiological situation and its further improvement,” the minister said.

According to official figures, 69 new COVID-19 cases were detected on Wednesday, with a positivity rate of 0.17%, while no deaths were recorded.

Hospitalized COVID patients were down to 95, with 35 of them said to be in critical condition. Those in critical condition include 22 intubated patients, 5 in Intensive Care, and five in Advanced Care.

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