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Coronavirus: four arrested, 74 booked during lockdown checks

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Police arrested four people on Wednesday evening in Nicosia who are suspected of violating the decree on the restriction of movements and assaulting and injuring police officers.

Around 7pm, two police officers approached two men to check if they had the required permits to move around outside.

One of them, a 20-year-old man, allegedly reacted by attacking a police officer, hitting his arm and injuring him.

According to police, the other man, 27, pushed the second officer in an attempt to resist arrest.

Two other men at the scene, aged 20 and 28, reportedly tried to help the two escape.

In the meantime, more police officers arrived and all four were arrested.

The two officers who were attacked were treated at Nicosia general hospital for minor wounds and released.

Seventy-four people were booked overnight for violating the movement restrictions after police carried out 3,490 checks, they said.

Officers also checked 577 premises such as cafes and restaurants between 6pm on Tuesday until 6am on Wednesday. None had violated the decree imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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