Since March 21, more than 3,000 people have been repatriated to Cyprus, and according to the existing flight schedule, 4,000 people are expected to be repatriated by the end of April Foreign Ministry spokesman Dimitris Samuel.
Speaking on Tuesday afternoon as part of an online discussion broadcast live from the Global Shapers Nicosia Facebook page, Samuel also said that when Cypriot airports closed.
Registrations on the connect2cy platform showed that there were Cypriot citizens in more than 125 countries. worldwide, in some a few thousand such as the UK and Greece, in some a few hundred such as Germany, the Netherlands and the USA and in others such as Peru, Argentina and Mozambique one or two people.
Regarding the number of repatriates who have been shown symptoms of COVID-19, based on the tests performed on them after their arrival in Cyprus. he said that it was found in the context of the checks that some of the people who repatriated had the virus. That number is low and controlled, 9 or 10 cases, he said.
Mr Samuel said the number of people submitted the application to be repatriated based on registration on the connect2cy platform was around 19,000.
He said that based on the decrees issued, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, utilizing the network of diplomatic missions of the Republic of Cyprus abroad, draws up lists of beneficiaries on the basis of which flights for repatriation are chartered.
he added that the National Crisis Management Center, which is based at the Foreign Ministry, had received more than 30,000 inclinations during the crisis and had faced a host of issues.
From the end of February until today, the Center is open almost 18-20 hours a day, from 8 in the morning until very late at night, depending on the developments, depending on the phone calls it receives, he pointed out.
He noted that an important part of the work done at this stage concerns the effort to repatriate our citizens and foreigners who have their permanent residence in Cyprus. It is a great challenge, especially because the progress of this effort is intertwined with the epidemiological situation in our country, he added.
He said that this repatriation from the beginning as planned is controlled and gradual. We are constantly monitoring developments in our country and abroad and we are adapting this plan to implement it as efficiently as possible, he added.
Mr Samuel added: “We have already begun to reconsider the strategy in which we have built our foreign policy lately to see if adjustments and adjustments need to be made so that we can respond more effectively to the post-colonial period. time”.