Cyprus Mail

Coronavirus: Additional measures needed to contain spread, expert warns

Cyprus needs to take additional measures to contain the coronavirus from spreading further, according to Petros Karayiannis, professor of microbiology/molecular virology at the University of Nicosia medical school.

Karayiannis, who is also a member of the government’s epidemiological team, said the current situation was assessed on Monday during a meeting with Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou.

“We have broken the barrier of 2000 cases in Cyprus, which is alarming,” he said, referring to the total number of cases since March.

“We managed to contain the virus for a very long time, to the point of having close to zero cases per day. Instead of extending the positive trend, we let our guard down and the number of cases rose to 33-35 per day. We can only improve the situation if we change our mentality,” he warned.

Karayiannis said there are several Covid-19 clusters all over the country, which need to be identified and closely monitored to avoid further contagion.

Last week the health ministry issued a statement urging the public to strictly apply health and safety rules after people deemed close contacts of positive coronavirus cases had broken the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Asked about the possibility of local lockdowns, Karayiannis, however, said that for the time being it is not a necessary scenario.

“Future lockdowns are not on the cards. But we definitely need to reduce the number of confirmed cases to one digit,” he said.

“We cannot achieve that goal if people continue to behave irresponsibly.”

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