On Wednesday, July 7, a new anti-record was set in Cyprus for the number of cases of COVID-19 - 952 people.
By the way, this is the highest rate since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
93 patients are in hospitals throughout the island, 27 of which are in a serious condition, another 10 are connected to ventilators.
Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas noted that the bulk of those infected are young people who did not get vaccinated or only received the first injection of vaccination, and the main places of infection are crowded places and public events.
Because of the sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection and the pressure on the healthcare system, the Cyprus authorities held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, where they decided to introduce stricter restrictive measures in the country:
- In particular, to reduce the number of visitors in public facilities (cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as in theaters, stadiums, with the exception of football matches, in temples, cinemas, banquet halls). So, the maximum number of visitors inside the facilities should not exceed 250 people, if everyone has SafePass, or 350 people, if everyone has been ill in the last six months or vaccinated with at least the first dose of vaccine 3 week before.
- The maximum number of visitors in open areas should not exceed 350 (if SafePass) and 500 people (if recovered or vaccinated). The work of the facilities must be carried out strictly according to the protocol.
- These measures exclude adolescents 12-15 years old, whose vaccination has not yet begun, as well as people over 16 years old who cannot be vaccinated due to serious health problems. They are allowed to carry a negative PCR or rapid test result, which expires in 72 hours.
- Those facilities that decide to admit only vaccinated and recovered visitors should inform their customers about this and place a notice.
- The owner and managers of the public institution are responsible for meeting the SafePass and other sanitary requirements. The control over compliance with the measures will continue to be carried out by the police and authorized employees of the departments.
As reported in the corresponding decree following the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus on July 7, the new measures will be in effect from July 9 to 31.
In addition, the Cabinet reminded about other measures in force in Cyprus, as well as benefits for certain categories of persons:
- From July 15 to August 31, vaccinated workers will be provided with preferential terms for vacation, namely, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism will cover 35% of their hotel accommodation costs.
- Vaccinated employees of the National Guard, or those who are going to be vaccinated before August 31, will receive a five-day leave.
- Civil servants and employees of private companies have the right to be absent from the workplace on the day of vaccination with the first and second doses, and this day does not count towards vacation. The same applies if employees and civil servants take their child to vaccinate. In both cases, the vaccination card will serve as confirmation.
- From July 9 to July 20, entrance to football matches is only allowed for people who have completed vaccinations or received at least the first dose three weeks before, as well as for people who have a negative PCR test result valid for 72 hours, or have had COVID- 19 in the last six months. The occupancy of the stands should not exceed 50%. This measure excludes adolescents aged 12-15 years, as well as adults over 16 who have health problems that prevent vaccination (if they can confirm this with a certificate). They can give a negative test result up to 72 hours.
- From July 21, entrance to football matches will be allowed only for those who have been fully vaccinated and have had coronavirus in the last six months. The occupancy of the stands will be increased to 75%. An exception is made for adolescents and people over 16 years of age.
- From August 1, free express testing for all residents of the island will be canceled. The exception is adolescents aged 12-15 years, as well as adults over 16 years old who have health problems that prevent vaccination.
- From August 1, citizens and residents of Cyprus arriving in the country, if they are not vaccinated with at least the first dose of the vaccine or have not been ill, will be required to provide a PCR test valid for 72 hours before flying to Cyprus. The exception is adolescents aged 12-15 years, as well as adults over 16 years old who have health problems that prevent vaccination.