Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Cyprus

Posted on 10 Mar 2020

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus has on the 10 March 2020 issued an updated statement informing the public of two confirmed cases infected by the Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Cyprus.

The Ministry of Health has also issued updated travel guides earlier today the 10 March 2020.

High Risk countries have been categorised with the following instructions:

Category 1:

Passengers who may have stayed or travelled to the following countries / regions should be placed under medical supervision:

  • China – Hubei
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • Republic of Korea

Category 2:

Passengers who may have stayed or travelled to the following countries / regions should be self – isolated for 14 days (limiting close contact and travel, observing basic hygiene rules, monitoring and reporting of symptoms):

  • Other provinces of China (excluding Hubei)
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • United Kingdom

Category 3:

Passengers who may have stayed or travelled to the following regions / countries should self – assess themselves without any restrictions of movement and in case of identifying symptoms they should stay at home and contact the Call Centre 1420 referring to their suspicious travelling history.

  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Belgium
  • Singapore

The text of the announcement by the Ministry of Health can be accessed here.

Subject to the World Health Organization recommendations and guidelines in order to limit the spread of the said virus, the below are some protective actions which can be taken for this purpose:

  • Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water to kill viruses that may be on your hands.

  • Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

  • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of used tissue immediately
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your doctor/healthcare provider