Thursday saw five new coronavirus cases confirmed, raising the total in the Republic to 795.
The new cases emerged after a bulk of 2,322 coronavirus lab tests were conducted.
Thursday’s five cases involve three contacts of other known cases, one member of staff of a General Hospital Microbiology Lab, and one health professional of the Akaki outpatients clinic.
So far, 13 people have died of the virus – nine men and four women, of an average age of 70.
Health Minister: restriction measures probably scrapped in 2-3 months
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that we can expect all restriction measures enforced amid the coronavirus outbreak to be lifted within two or three months, but stressed that until a vaccine is found we should learn to live with the risks posed by coronavirus.
Ioannou said that decisions have yet to be taken on when the gradual loosening of measures will begin, neither regarding which businesses will be allowed to resume operations as normal first.
“Everything will happen in stages. What I can tell you is that as a general rule, businesses or sectors of the economy which involve interaction with the public will be the last to open. The greater the level of contact a business has with the public, the later it will be allowed to resume operations,” Ioannou said.