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Coronavirus: Checkpoints to open to those with Covid test (updated)

Greek Cypriot policemen at the Ledra Street crossing point after it was closed (Christos Theodorides)

The government decided to open crossings to the north on Sunday apart from the one at Ledras Street with users having to present the results of a test certifying they don’t have coronavirus.

The crossings will be open for Greek and Turkish Cypriots and permanent residents who display a clean bill of health obtained within 72 hours before crossing.

Health professionals will also be carrying out random checks.

The decision was taken following a meeting on Friday morning between President Nicos Anastasiades and the scientific advisory team.

The strict measures were a result of the Turkish Cypriot decision to open its airport to flights from Turkey, a country with a high number of Covid-19 cases.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has been informed of the decision.

Deputy government spokesman Panayiotis Sentonas said it could change depending on the epidemiological data.

Sentonas said Turkish Cypriots have placed Turkey in category A while the EU classifies it as a high-risk country.

Also, the epidemiological data submitted by the Turkish Cypriots verbally did not provide a clear picture about the situation in the north “but they raise serious doubts over the way and ability of dealing with the situation in the areas where the Republic does not exercise effective control.”

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