Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: Four more case in north, confusion over villages’ lockdown (Update 1)

The Rizokarpaso coffeshop

Turkish Cypriot health authorities announced four more cases of Covid-19 on Friday in two villages in the Karpas peninsula.

One case announced earlier the day had also been counted on Thursday night.

So far, the north has seen 61 cases of Covid-19 – 31 German tourists, 29 locals, and a man from Turkmenistan.

Two of the German tourists are still receiving treatment.

Thirteen of the cases come from three villages in the Karpas peninsula – Ayia Triada, Yialousa, and Rizokarpaso.

The Cyprus News Agency said none of the cases involved Greek Cypriots who live in the area.

There was confusion in the north after reports that three villages in the Karpas peninsula had been quarantined because the driver of one of the buses carrying the German tourists had also tested positive.

The driver lives in Ayia Triada, which was reportedly quarantined along with Yialousa and Rizokarpaso.

Authorities in the north said they were testing the driver’s contacts, around 120 people, and movement restrictions had been put in place.

Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar said the area has been placed in quarantine because it must be protected.

Later Thursday, the head of the Ayia Triada community posted on social media that the three villages had been placed in quarantine. An hour later he posted again, this time saying there were not in quarantine, but police were checking movement in the area.

A local official at Rizokarpaso said they had five cases in the same family, but he denied that the village, where a number of Greek Cypriots also live, had been quarantined.

Police, meanwhile, said they had posted officers at the entrances of the three villages to check if those circulating had the proper permits.


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