Government to tighten coronavirus restrictions
BUSINESSES must close at 6pm on Saturday, April 24, under a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Ersan Saner announced on Thursday.
The start of the nightly curfew will be brought forward an hour on Monday from 10pm to 9pm, Mr Saner said, due to increasing Covid cases. A full lockdown will remain in place on Sundays, with only chemists, bakeries and petrol stations open.
Eateries have been warned that they could be ordered to close their doors again and only offer takeaway services if the coronavirus situation does not improve by Wednesday, April 21.
Mass prayers and iftar (fast-breaking) meals for Muslims fasting during the holy month of Ramandan have been banned.
The measures were included in a series of decisions taken by the Council of Ministers covering the period April 19-26.
New Health Ministry figures released on Thursday showed that there had been a 31.27 per cent increase in the number of Covid cases per 100,000 of the population from April 7 to April 13.
The “test positivity rate” increased from 0.71 per cent to 0.83 per cent over the same period, while the number of those becoming positive in quarantine almost doubled from 40 to 79. The percentage of Covid patients admitted to intensive care rose from 0.3 per cent to 0.8 per cent.
On Tuesday a 61 year-old male became the TRNC’s 28th coronavirus victim.