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Rising COVID-19 Sees Cyprus Mulling More Measures Too

NICOSIA — Despite resistance from anti-mask groups, Cyprus' government is said to be looking at imposing more health protocols to hold down the rising number of COVID-19 cases, which have remained above 100 daily.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou is set to meet with the scientific advisory committee on  Nov. 2 to review the state of the pandemic that had been mostly under control but, as in other countries, is resurging.

Cyprus has followed the Greek model, that country on Nov. 3 adding more restrictions, including shutting down restaurants and bars, as well as theaters and cinemas, in areas hardest-hit.

Cyprus has seen a steady rise of infections over the past couple of weeks, especially in Limassol and Paphos, where authorities were forced to impose curfews and some business closings, said The Cyprus Mail in a review.

The jump in cases has also seen more pressure being put on hospitals with patients added to the growing Coronavirus list, the scientists and doctors advising the government growing more worried.

With the economy teetering, a second lockdown isn't in the cards, the paper said, but it's likely there will be restrictions on weddings and other social events where people gather in crowds that can spread the virus.

The spike has also rendered ineffective the test-trace-isolate strategy of teams trying to identify contacts of known cases that worked earlier this year to hold down the number of cases and find newly infected, the paper said.

Some people were also to be refusing to name their contacts with reports many are getting private tests to avoid any government contact or being traced.

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