Cyprus Reviewing Coronavirus Protocols, Issues Italy Advisory

February 24, 2020

NICOSIA – After a scare over two Chinese nationals returning to the island and taken to a hospital to be checked for the coronavirus, Cyprus Health Minister Costas Ioannou called a meeting to go over how to handle any possible cases.

The government, said in-Cyprus also told Cypriots traveling to Italy, where there has been an outbreak to follow the advice of health authorities and officials there as the scare is cutting into events and public gatherings in top tourist destinations, including Venice.

The European Union, however, said it’s not yet considering suspending travel within the border-free Schengen area where citizens have access without passports despite the growing anxiety in Italy where four people died and about 150 cases were reported.

In a message on Twitter, Cyprus’ embassy in Italy said travel to and from the following municipalities in northern Italy has been prohibited: Vo’ Euganeo, Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo,Fombio, Maleo,Somaglia, Bertonico,Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano.

Cypriot Health Minister Costas Ioannou said that the protocols being implemented in Cyprus based on the instructions of the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) will be reviewed, the news site said.

Asked about the Italian scare, he said Cyprus was following the advice of WHO and ECDC, which haven’t revised instructions or warnings about travelers from Italy, South Korea — which has even more incidents than Italy, or from Iran, which has also recorded deaths.

“It is not just Italy and it is not a question of how close the countries are but whether we have travellers from these countries,” he said before a scheduled Feb. 25 meeting with the country’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit.

He said a woman who tested negative for coronavirus after arriving at Larnaca airport on board a private airplane from Israel was still put in quarantine for 14 days in line as a high risk because she was in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus prior to coming to Cyprus.

Earlier, there was a scare over two Chinese nationals returning to the island and taken to a hospital to be checked for the coronavirus leading residents outside Cyprus’ capital to object to plans to set up a quarantine facility there.


ATHENS - Users of the Viber call and text messaging app in Greece made 1 billion calls in 2021, Rakuten Viber revealed on Thursday.

Top Stories


ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.


BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.


ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.


Democrats Eye Supreme Court Pick to Revive 2022 Prospects

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they'll be buoyed by the prospect that President Joe Biden will name the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.