Cyprus reports record daily COVID-19 cases, new restrictions in force

Cyprus’ Health Ministry announced a record number of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, saying in a statement that 233 people have tested positive.

The results from 3,756 tests were announced as new stricter restrictions were rolled out in a bid to stem a second wave of the disease. To date, the country has a total of 5,333 cases.

The new restrictive measures, which will come into force as of Thursday night, include closing restaurants and cafes at 10:30 p.m., banning movement from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., reducing private gatherings to 10, and curbing the number of restaurant customers.

Wedding receptions will also be banned, and the use of face mask will be mandatory even when walking in an empty street.

Cyprus had its first COVID-19 cases in early March.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States, are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.