Cyprus at a pivotal point, Health Minister says as country prepares to exit lockdown

The effort to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic is at a pivotal point, Cyprus Minister of Health Constantinos Ioannou says, as Cyprus prepares to exit a two-week lockdown on Monday.

“As of tomorrow, Cyprus makes a step to returning to a more normal pace of social and economic activity,” Ioannou said in a written statement, noting “this step is a result of months-old sacrifices for which we owe gratitude to all citizens both individually and collectively.”

But he pointed out that the “great effort to deal with the health crisis is at a critical point” as 15 months since the outbreak of the pandemic the virus has shown it is so unpredictable to the point it cannot be underestimated, stressing that the virus can be faced only with observing health measures and inoculation.

Furthermore, Ioannou acknowledged that Cyprus epidemiological image “is not ideal” but “is clearly improved to the extent it allows us to lift enough restrictions, to unlock the economy and to restore social activity.”

“By implementing health protocols, testing the population and expediting the vaccination programme Cyprus undertakes an important step towards exiting uncertainty,” he said.

Concluding, Ioannou said “as of tomorrow our everyday life will start to improve. We do not wish another step back and do not have the luxury for one. We owe it to our country and our conscience.”


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