Cyprus

Coronavirus: Cyprus braces for harsher restrictions

A three-week ‘lockdown lite’ seems the likeliest scenario today when the government announces extra curbs on movement – including a return to the SMS system –aiming to contain the spread of the coronavirus and give straining hospitals some breathing space. As of Thursday evening, there were 196 people hospitalised, very… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: High school teachers demand to work from home

High school teachers on Monday said they were being discriminated against since they were being asked to be physically present at their workplaces compared to the rest of the civil servants who were asked to work from home. In a letter, high school teachers’ union Oelmek, called on the health… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: 248 new cases takes total past 10,000 mark (updated)

The health ministry on Saturday announced 248 new coronavirus cases, including 69 cases confirmed through PCR tests after they tested positive with a rapid test in previous days. They bring the total number of cases so far to 10,231. The new cases were a result of 14,455 tests, out of… Cyprus Mail …


More villages ask to be part of development plan

The Polemi, Stroumbi and Yiolou communities on Tuesdsay asked to be included in the interior ministry’s mountainous and rural areas housing programme, citing a demographic turning point. The leaders of the three communities, said the villages form the backbone of the central mountainous villages in Paphos and would be integrated… Cyprus Mail …



MPs stand firm on evictions freeze

Parliament on Thursday rejected President Nicos Anastasiades’ referral of legislation that aims to extend eviction protection to tenants until December 31. Barring a change of mind by the president, the matter will  be adjudicated by the supreme court. The House plenum voted by 28 to 17 to reject the president’s… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: Draconian new measures for Limassol and Paphos (Updated)

Limassol and Paphos districts will enter almost a total lockdown, beginning Thursday night and lasting until November 30, with the focus on restricting movement. The curfew in those two districts will be from 8pm to 5am and movement in or out of the districts will be prohibited with checks being… Cyprus Mail …


Syllouris says rights violated by Al Jazeera video

Former House President Demetris Syllouris has reportedly written to the chief of police, arguing that his rights were violated by the Al Jazeera network, which secretly recorded and then published private conversations with him. According to daily Phileleftheros, Syllouris’ move may be designed to render inadmissible in possible court proceedings… Cyprus Mail …


A day with the lacemakers of Lefkara

A Lefkara lacemaking workshop for beginners brings together history, artistry and a satisfying sense of community and achievement, Annette Chrysostomou discovered Traditional lace making in Lekfara will never be what it once was, but that does not mean it’s dying. An event I attended last week convinced me there is… Cyprus Mail …


Coronavirus: New record of 314 cases announced (updated)

Cyprus recorded 314 cases on Saturday and one death, setting a new record for the country, with the minister calling on the public to abide by the measures. The new cases include 92 workers at a Nicosia slaughterhouse announced earlier in the day. An 82-year-old man with underlying health issues… Cyprus Mail …