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Cyprus Looks at Easing Second COVID-19 Lockdown Feb. 1

NICOSIA — Only a couple of weeks after putting in place a second lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis was to meet Jan. 25 with health experts to see if it’s safe to pull back starting Feb. 1.

The country since the pandemic began had one of the best records relatively in dealing with the pandemic but jumping cases led to a lockdown being reimposed, to the consternation of businesses taking a big hit.

Cyprus has recorded around 30,000 infections and less than 200 deaths since the start of the health crisis, one of the best records in the European Union in holding down the disease.

But the number of those needing intensive care or on ventilators is about one third of hospital admissions, raising the alarm about the severity of those infected and potential spread if businesses are allowed open.

There was no indication how much the lockdown would be eased, if at all, although airports and ports are open and the government is looking at opening the country fully to most international travelers as soon as March 1.

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