Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: first group of quarantined individuals going home (Updated)

The hotel room where one quarantine man was staying in Cyprus

Hundreds of people who returned to the island in mid-March after the outbreak of coronavirus came out of a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine on Thursday.

A total of 363 people who were placed in hotel quarantine were allowed home on Thursday. On Monday another 150 people left quarantine.

According to a decree from the transport ministry, legal residents who arrived on Cyprus after March 16 were sent to mandatory quarantine in hotels for two weeks as a precaution.

In total, 1,207 people were in hotel quarantine at various stages until the flight ban came into effect a week or so later, including the ones who arrived on a handful of repatriation flights since the ban was imposed.

Two of those people tested positive for coronavirus.

The large group was discharged on Thursday after they tested negative and a doctor examined them.

A bus returned them to different points in their district for relatives to pick them up.

They were all given a permission slip to be outside.

The document explained they were in mandatory quarantine and they did not present any symptoms.

More groups are expected to be sent home on Friday, and the remainder on Saturday.

“The time has come for me to go home. This big adventure taught me many things,” a person in quarantine posted on their Facebook page on Thursday.

A female student who had been studying in the UK and who expects to go home on Saturday after completing her 14 days, told the Cyprus Mail: “I’m excited to be seeing everyone again.”


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