President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday introduced that as of Sunday, there could be a 15-day entry ban on anybody who will not be a authorized resident of Cyprus, an EU nationwide working or learning on the island, or a third-country nationwide with a allow to be right here.
He additionally stated that solely Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could be allowed to make use of the crossings, in addition to authorized residents of the Republic and members of diplomatic missions.
The stricter measures got here solely hours earlier than the well being providers introduced there have been seven extra confirmed instances. These involved 5 individuals who had are available in shut contact with two confirmed instances in latest days. All 5 had been in self-isolation. One other case considerations an individual who was being monitored on the Limassol hospital. The seventh case is an individual not too long ago arrived from the UK, and who was additionally in self-isolation.
The newest instances carry the overall within the government-controlled areas to 21 and 5 within the north.
Addressing the nation, Anastasiades conveyed the federal government’s dedication to proceed taking measures essential to successfully reduce the repercussions of the coronavirus disaster.
The measures embrace a ban on entry as of Sunday for 15 days to any citizen no matter nationality who aren’t Cypriot nationals, authorized residents, European or third-country nationals working or learning within the Republic, nationals of nations which might be in a delegated diplomatic service or mission below bilateral or worldwide conventions, and particular person instances of European or third nation nationals who’ve skilled obligations that can not be prevented, supplied they’ve obtained authorisation from the competent ministry.
As regards crossing factors, he stated solely Cypriot residents each Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, authorized residents, and diplomatic employees could be allowed to cross. “I attraction to all of the individuals of Cyprus, to utilize the precise to cross solely when it’s completely needed,” Anastasiades stated.
Colleges may also stay closed till April 10.
Through the suspension of the operation of public colleges, he stated the ministry of schooling would guarantee the academic programme was coated.
“No measure, irrespective of how strict, may be efficient except everybody exhibits self-discipline within the implementation,” he stated.
He defined that the measures had been in keeping with suggestions of, and consultations with the World Well being Organisation and the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management.
“They don’t seem to be mere recommendations however directions for implementation,” he stated.
He known as on dad and mom to be strict with their kids and on the youth to not ignore the measures.
Addressing younger individuals, he stated these measures weren’t just for them, but additionally for his or her cherished one, their siblings, dad and mom and grandparents.
Anastasiades additionally known as on Cypriots dwelling overseas or on the island, to keep away from pointless motion.
He additionally urged individuals “to show to faith to attract energy and energy.” “I wish to level out that one of many basic virtues of faith is love for thy neighbour, brotherhood and respect for society, so I need to be clear: Nobody is above or may be exempt from the implementation of what has been determined.”
The president additional underlined that, along with defending the well being of the individuals, it was additionally necessary to safe revenue and work by supporting employees, companies and economically weak teams.
The monetary efficiency of latest years, he stated, permits the federal government to take decisive motion to assist staff and employers and people who will probably be affected by the disaster. “Because of this, the federal government will current an entire programme to assist the economic system, based mostly on the dialogue that has already taken place with the parliamentary events and social companions.”
He additionally thanked well being professionals for his or her work and expressed his sympathy to those that have fallen ailing and their households and wished them speedy restoration.
Earlier within the day Anastasiades had a phone dialog with Turkish Cypriot chief Mustafa Akinci to debate the state of affairs.
“We now have agreed to additional strengthen mutual info via the bi-communal technical committee on well being,” Anastasiades stated.
On Thursday, he presided over a ministerial committee that mentioned the state of affairs and handled public well being and security, supporting the economic system, results on employees by the measures, and additional boosting social safety.
Within the meantime, Training Minister Prodromos Prodromou, introduced that pupils won’t be going to highschool, however educating and administrative employees are nonetheless anticipated to current themselves for obligation.
He additionally stated that till April 10, his ministry will probably be providing pupils on-line programs. Ranging from Monday, a pilot programme will probably be launched for third grade lyceum college students.
European Parliament President David Sassoli stated on Friday that every one European nations will obtain assist for his or her well being methods together with provide of supplies, assist to hospitals, and financing analysis to develop a vaccine as quickly as attainable.
“Not because the finish of the Second World Struggle have we confronted such a dramatic disaster,” Sassoli stated. He added that the primary precedence is saving human lives.