The mandatory self-isolation in Cyprus for cases diagnosed positive for Covid-19 was lifted on Friday, the health ministry announced, recommending however other measures.

As noted in an official announcement, if someone is diagnosed with Covid-19 they will have to inform their personal doctor about the positive result and any related symptoms in order to receive a medical assessment, relevant treatment and sick leave if necessary.

Individuals with Covid must self-isolate for at least five days from diagnosis or according to the instructions of their doctor and wear a double disposable medical face mask or high-protection mask (FFP2, N95) if they need to be around other people for at least 10 days from diagnosis.

The health ministry has also advised that those infected do not come into contact with people who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. This includes pregnant women, people aged 60 and older, and people who have weakened immune systems.

“Close contacts are advised to avoid contact with vulnerable people, especially if they experience any symptoms. In case of symptoms, contact their Personal Doctor and repeat the examination,” it states.

The health ministry added that close contacts regardless of vaccination coverage and recent illness are not required to self-isolate. However, it is recommended for all contacts to carry out sampling at their own expense on the day of their notification and between the 3rd and 5th day from the date of their last contact with the case.

Finally, it is noted that there are special protocols for the management of positive cases who work or are hospitalised or reside in nursing homes, migrant reception centres and closed structures.

”The mask measure remains in force in specific areas. Specifically, employees and visitors over the age of 12 in hospitals, nursing homes and other care and hospitality structures for elderly and vulnerable groups must use a mask,” it said.

Demonstration of a negative PCR or rapid test of 72 hours is required for visits to hospitals, nursing homes and other closed care and accommodation structures for elderly and vulnerable groups, to newly arrived asylum seekers before entering reception or detention centres and to newly arrived detainees in detention centres and prisons.

“The result is considered valid if it was made in a licensed clinical laboratory, pharmacy or mobile unit of the Ministry of Health,” it noted.

The announcement noted that the maximum price of the PCR test is set at €25 while the rapid test is set at €5.