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Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how long?

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:57 pm

60 countries are affected by January 27th

More than 84146 confirmed cases resulting in 2876 deaths so far. Still 99% of the confirmed cases belongs to 6 countries.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

There's probably just a matter of time before Cyprus too will have its first case. Probably within a week. What do you think? When will the first occurrence be and when - if ever - will one simply give up measures for a broader contamination?

Gesundheit, boys and girls (you all need it, the death toll is much higher among those 70+ :wink: )!

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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:10 pm

A sensible move?

Cyprus to shut checkpoints for first time since 2003 over coronavirus

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-cyprus-checkpoints/cyprus-to-temporarily-shut-checkpoints-in-coronavirus-measure-idUSKCN20M1T6


NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus will close four checkpoints on the divided island for a week as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, the first closure since crossings between the two sides were eased in 2003 after decades of estrangement.

Any decision to curb movement on the island is politically sensitive because of the territorial split between its Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded after a brief Greek inspired coup.

Cyprus has no reported cases of coronavirus, but Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the four checkpoints, including one in the capital Nicosia used by hundreds of people daily, would close from Saturday, Feb. 29.

“For more effective control over entry points, and for a period of seven days, there is a temporary suspension,” Ioannou said, adding the situation was under continuous review.

The busiest checkpoint in the Ayios Dhometios suburb of Nicosia was excluded from the ban and would continue to operate. Earlier reports had suggested it would also be affected.

Several crossing points have been dotted along a United Nations-controlled ‘green line’ across the island since the first one opened in central Nicosia in early 2003.
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby Sotos » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:39 pm

CrookedRiverGuy wrote:A sensible move?

Cyprus to shut checkpoints for first time since 2003 over coronavirus

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-cyprus-checkpoints/cyprus-to-temporarily-shut-checkpoints-in-coronavirus-measure-idUSKCN20M1T6


NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus will close four checkpoints on the divided island for a week as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, the first closure since crossings between the two sides were eased in 2003 after decades of estrangement.

Any decision to curb movement on the island is politically sensitive because of the territorial split between its Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded after a brief Greek inspired coup.

Cyprus has no reported cases of coronavirus, but Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the four checkpoints, including one in the capital Nicosia used by hundreds of people daily, would close from Saturday, Feb. 29.

“For more effective control over entry points, and for a period of seven days, there is a temporary suspension,” Ioannou said, adding the situation was under continuous review.

The busiest checkpoint in the Ayios Dhometios suburb of Nicosia was excluded from the ban and would continue to operate. Earlier reports had suggested it would also be affected.

Several crossing points have been dotted along a United Nations-controlled ‘green line’ across the island since the first one opened in central Nicosia in early 2003.


This is probably a warning to TCs in case the open Varoshia.

Most TCs seem to believe that our side is obligated by the EU for all the "Confidence Building Measures" and facilities they provide to them and for keeping the checkpoints open. This is not true, only a few things relate to EU (green line regulation) and even that, after the brexit, there is nobody in EU that will oppose any changes that Cyprus wants to implement.

So if TCs move with such a big violation of the status quo such as the opening of Varosha for Settlement, they should know that there will be consequences and they should remember that the UK is no longer in EU to serve their interests.
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby Maximus » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:48 pm

You might be right Sotos,

I think the RoC government is just using the corona virus as an excuse to close the crossings. At face value, it sounds like a reasonable precautionary measure and probably is. It also provides plausible deniability against criticism from others.

However, why are they just closing the crossing to the occupied areas and not all other ports?

Anyway, seems like the residence in the occupied areas are going to start feeling the pinch a little harder..
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:48 am

...interesting, at the barrier, both Greeks and Turks represent themselves, against the closings.

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turki ... sia-152571

...it made American news as well.
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby Zenon33 » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:45 pm

No one knows.
Eastern Europe seems safe, Greece has 7 confirmed cases, far below Italy, France, Germany and UK.
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby Robin Hood » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:20 pm

Zenon33 wrote:No one knows.
Eastern Europe seems safe, Greece has 7 confirmed cases, far below Italy, France, Germany and UK.


Cyprus will be OK as we are tough and resistant to these viruses and bugs. We get it from our daily environment! :wink:

When did you ever hear of MRSA in a Cyprus hospital? Have you ever been to the Old Hospital in Limassol? That really is an education in hygiene ! I used to pass the time counting cockroaches and desperately trying to avoid having to use the toilet. The General may be a bit more modern but once again hygiene does not get a high priority.

A cleaner in the ward will use the same mop and the same bucket of water for ward after ward.

I put it all down to very poor management not those that work there.
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:06 pm

Zenon33 wrote:No one knows.
Eastern Europe seems safe, Greece has 7 confirmed cases, far below Italy, France, Germany and UK.


We're only at the foot of the mountain. This is quite thought provoking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dDD2tHWWnU
Fast forward to 1:30 and watch. Up to 20 days you will think 'this ain't that bad - why the hype'. Then the beauty of the exponential growth kicks in :wink:
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Re: Still no confirmed Corona cases in Cyprus, but for how l

Postby Paphitis » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:35 pm

CrookedRiverGuy wrote:
Zenon33 wrote:No one knows.
Eastern Europe seems safe, Greece has 7 confirmed cases, far below Italy, France, Germany and UK.


We're only at the foot of the mountain. This is quite thought provoking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dDD2tHWWnU
Fast forward to 1:30 and watch. Up to 20 days you will think 'this ain't that bad - why the hype'. Then the beauty of the exponential growth kicks in :wink:


Amazing visualization.

I guess we are only 1 mutation from a catastrophic crisis. It can easily happen.

I just don't think we are at that point yet despite all the hype.
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