The Limassol municipality said Wednesday Covid screenings in the city would be carried out at various locations unannounced to ensure the randomness of the samples.
The municipality sought to clarify the matter after announcing in the morning that the screenings would take place on Wednesday and Thursday at particular locations and times.
The local authority said units would be collecting samples at the square in front of the administration building between 3pm and 6pm and at the embankment between 6pm and 9pm.
The screenings are part of an islandwide programme to test 10,000 people following a recent spike in coronavirus cases, whose epicentre was Limassol.
Epidemiologists had said last week that the locations would not be announced to prevent the screenings from being tainted. Two weeks ago, a similar random screening of 2,000 people in Limassol was ruined after at least 15 to 20 people designated as close contacts of confirmed cases got tested there instead of going to the location they had been told by the authorities.
Following the outbreak, the municipality decided to create a permanent mechanism to monitor and coordinate actions to tackle the pandemic.
“Creating a permanent mechanism and drafting a long-term crisis management plan shows out determination and readiness to tackle the pandemic effectively, keeping Limassol a safe destination for everyone,” Mayor Nicos Nicolaides said.
In a broad meeting of city officials on Tuesday, it was decided to set up a team that will monitor everything relating to the pandemic in the next few months.
Among its duties would be to provide the public with immediate, objective, and timely information regarding the pandemic
It will also draft protocols and control procedures aiming at minimising the dangers posed by the virus and create a mechanism to supervise implementation of the measures across sectors and especially where people tend to gather in large numbers.