Stricter measures were introduced in the north on Monday to tackle a spike in Covid cases inside the community, which have caused widespread concern among Turkish Cypriots.
According to the new measures, bars, cafes, restaurants, confectioneries, betting shops, beauticians, gyms, and hairdressers would have to close by 9pm. Hospitality venues will be allowed to operate delivery services.
Turkish Cypriot media said three nurses at the Nicosia general hospital in the north have tested positive, forcing 21 staff to be place in quarantine.
At the same time, the number of positive cases at a primary school in Nicosia rose to five, prompting its closure.
Teachers have criticised the authorities over the apparent lack of measures across the school system and there were thoughts to close earlier for February’s holidays.
At the village of Lysi, there were 13 cases, while three firefighters at Tymbou airport also tested positive.
Cases have been detected in other departments.
Turkish Cypriots announced 20 new cases on Sunday, 13 of which local. One patient is being treated in an ICU while 198 people were admitted to hospital.