Cypriot Police, British MP's Work Together on Coronavirus Monitoring

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A woman with her child, walk in front of a building with a large sign urging people to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus looms over a key but vacant intersection in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, April 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA - Cypriot police are working with military police on British bases to check whether people out during an essential lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus aren't violating terms that allow only essential missions such as food shopping or medical trips.

Joint operations between the two police forces have been taking place over the last couple of weeks, The Cyprus Mail reported, including one in the Akrotiri area were nearly 1,000 vehicles and their drivers were checked, base officials reported.

The two forces released a joint statement, speaking of the “long standing joint-commitment to protect the communities of Cyprus from all harm” and their combined efforts “to prevent the further spreading of the COVID-19 on the island.

“The vast majority of people were responsibly complying with the law. For this we thank and congratulate them,” a statement said. “There were, however, a small number who had chosen to ignore and break the law. Every illegal journey puts lives at risk.”

The police teams said they would conduct thorough checks using a number of methods. “This will include the use of automatic number plate recognition systems to identify vehicles which may be being used in breach of the current legislations,” officials said.

There were 10 cases on the British bases as of April 9 among the 529 reported on the island so far.