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Coronavirus: President to give TV address tonight (updated)

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President Nicos Anastasiades will give a televised address at 8.30 pm today following a meeting of the Council of Ministers which will decide on the new measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, deputy government spokesman Panayiotis Sendonas said in a written statement on Wednesday morning.

The measures will be announced by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou after the president’s address.

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou, Justice Minister Emily Yiolitou and finance ministry permanent secretary Yiorgos Pantelis will also give a press conference at the presidential palace at noon on Thursday to give detailed information relating to the implementation of the measures in their respective sectors of competence.

Amid a worrying surge in the number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalised patients, the government on Monday evening convened an urgent meeting with its scientific team to discuss possible new measures to address the situation. These suggestions will be discussed by the Council of Ministers today.

On Monday evening, Anastasiades had told reporters that he understood people’s fatigue and concerns about the economy but stressed the need to protect the health system.

“What we want is through the measures to achieve what we did with the first wave of the pandemic,” he said.

“We are concerned about the economy and the fatigue, but at the same time we are concerned about health more generally.”

Meanwhile, a 92-year-old woman who was being treated at Famagusta general, the reference hospital for Covid-19 patients, died on Tuesday evening, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

She suffered from underlying conditions, however the cause of death is attributed to Covid-19.

This brings the number of coronavirus related deaths to four in the past two days. Three deaths were announced on Tuesday, two women aged 80 and 86 and a man aged 62.

And 198 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Tuesday bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 6,296.

The number of coronavirus patients at the hospital now stands at 54. Five of them are in the increased dependency unit.

Civil servants union Pasydy also raised the alarm on hospitals on Tuesday, saying the increase in the number of daily Covid-19 cases is extremely worrying.

“The recently development regarding the pandemic in Cyprus is cause for serious concern,” Pasydy said in a statement.

“Doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital workers are urgently appealing for help from the state, as they have been constantly overworked for the past seven months.

“The pressure on our health system is increasing every day, the risk of collapse is real so the issue must be addressed as soon as possible, so that we are not caught off-guard,” the statement concluded.



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