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Last night the president of the Cyprus Republic announced as at Sunday 15th March 2020 there would be a 15 day entry ban for people coming into Cyprus… only it’s not a full ban, it’s a partial ban. For anyone who is not a legal resident of Cyprus, an EU national working/studying in Cyprus or a third-country national with a permit to be in Cyprus then they are going to be refused entry for 15 days. He also said anyone using the crossings between the illegally occupied north and the Republic in the south who was not either a Greek or Turkish Cypriot would also be barred from crossing. The only exemptions to this would be legal residents of the Republic and members of diplomatic missions.

That’s fair enough on the face of it, except what makes him think diplomats, legal residents of the Republic, Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriots or others not on the list of banned people will not be infected with COVID-19? In effect, you are allowed freedom of movement if you come under a particular legal status. So how does this help in stopping the spread of the virus? A virulent virus like COVID-19 is no respecter of diplomats or EU citizens, it will infect anyone and everyone given half the chance. Surely a 15 day ban across the board would be a better deterrent? Well, maybe that’s why I’m not the president, what do I know.

In other news, the United States has declared a national emergency – personally I think they should have declared a national emergency in 2016 when Donald Trump won the election.

Europe is now the epicenter of the outbreak.

Many countries around the world have initiated travel bans.

Jet2 has suspended all flights into Cyprus from the UK.

If you’re wondering what the status of your country is, or indeed how your country compares to others, then here is a link to the Worldometers website that gives up to date information on the spread of the virus and resulting deaths. There is also a roundup of all the latest news from around the world.

Today is Saturday 14th March 2020 and it’s only 03:00 here in Cyprus. At this time in the morning all seems quiet and calm. But it feels like the calm before a storm.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2020



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