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Coronavirus: Govt sets guidelines for nursing home visits

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People in nursing homes in Paphos and Limassol will only be allowed to receive one visit from a relative per week starting from Wednesday in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus among the elderly, the labour ministry announced on Tuesday.

In the rest of the country, people will be allowed to visit their relatives up to twice a week.

The new measure comes after 37 residents and staff at an old people’s home in Limassol tested positive for coronavirus.

All visits will have to be scheduled beforehand and will only last one hour, the announcement said.

Moreover, the labour ministry urged visitors to keep a distance of at least one metre from the elderly and staff, and to sign a form when entering the premises for contact tracing purposes.

The use of face masks will be compulsory for everyone older than 12 during visits and no more than two people at a time will be allowed to use elevators.

Finally, the announcement said that anyone who came into contact with a case, whether confirmed or suspected, will not be allowed in nursing homes.

Visitors who present with any symptoms compatible with a potential respiratory infection, like coughs, fevers, runny nose or general weakness, will also be denied entry.

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