In Cyprus authorities within the war-divided island’s south have adopted Greece and introduced new curbs on motion together with a nationwide nighttime curfew, Helena Smith stories from Nicosia.
Towards a backdrop of rising an infection charges, the Greek Cypriot well being minister, Constantinos Ioannou, mentioned whereas the federal government had determined to finish native lockdowns throughout the island’s complete south-west, it could introduce a nationwide nighttime curfew as of 30 November.
The 9pm to 5am curfew is amongst a bunch of measures that can apply till 13 December within the hope of easing curbs within the run as much as Christmas.
Noting that half of the 48 deaths from Covid-19 recorded because the begin of the pandemic had occurred in November, Ioannou informed reporters: “This 12 months’s holidays will likely be unprecedented, however we should defend our public well being system and those we love.”
Different measures embrace bars, eating places, pubs and cafes being ordered to shut at 7pm, gyms additionally shutting and outlets, malls hair salons, cinemas theatres and museums additionally tightening social distancing guidelines.
Beforehand eating places outdoors the coastal cities of Limassol and Paphos, beneath strict lockdown since 11 November, had been in a position to function till 10.30pm.
Authorities officers within the internationally recognised Greek administered south have complained more and more of coronavirus fatigue – weariness blamed for the youthful era particularly flouting mask-wearing and different well being protocols.
One in three coronavirus instances have been registered over a two-week interval between 11-24 November, the Cyprus Mail reported late on Friday. Confirmed coronavirus instances rose by 220 on Thursday, bringing the whole variety of identified infections to 9,673.
The brand new measures had been met with fury by the hospitality sector and affiliation of Opap Cyprus betting outlets, which instantly urged the federal government to expedite monetary help help to cowl rents and mortgage instalments.
“It’s completely unacceptable to permit retail commerce and prohibit the operation of Opap shops,” the affiliation was quoted as saying by the Cyprus Mail.