In response to an increase in COVID-19 infections, Cyprus has reinstated the requirement that everyone above the age of 12 wear a mask indoors at all times.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — In response to an increase in COVID-19 infections, Cyprus is reintroducing the requirement that all people over the age of 12 wear masks indoors.
The ministry stated on Wednesday that the increase in infections is consistent with a global trend that is primarily attributable to the coronavirus strains BA.4 and BA.5.
Statistics from the Health Ministry show that out of a population of over 916,000, 19,503 persons tested positive from a total of 147,623 tests between June 25 and July 5. The figures do not account for the roughly 250,000 Turks who have formed their independent nation in the island’s north.
The actions become effective on Friday. According to the government, face masks are not required for use at home, while traveling with family, during meals, by athletes, grillers, and persons who have physical conditions that make it difficult for them to use a face mask.
The government issued a warning that compliance inspections will be in place and that anyone or any company that disobeyed the directive would be subject to a punishment of 300 euros ($305).
According to health officials, the high infection incidence has not yet been accompanied by a surge in acute symptoms necessitating intense medical care.
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