Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Saturday that an additional nurse will staff the crossing point at Agios Dometios, where there is heavy traffic after a Cabinet decision, on Friday, to temporarily suspend the operation of four crossing points as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Minister inspected this morning the crossing point at Ledra Palace, as new measures against coronavirus entered into force this morning, and spoke with policemen and the medical staff there. Ledra Palace is open for traffic along with Agios Dometios and Pyrgos crossings.
Speaking to the Press, Ioannou said that contrary to the situation at Ledra Palace, there is heavy traffic at Agios Dometios crossing.
The Minister added that in Ledra Palace there is a nurse who does the necessary checks on people passing through. He added that he gave instructions to add extra nursing staff at the Agios Dometios crossing point.
An additional nurse will remain there for the next days and the Ministry will review the situation accordingly, Ioannou added.
Asked about political reactions to Friday’s Cabinet decision, the Minister said that the measure to temporarily suspend the operation of some crossing points was taken to address public health concerns and protect both communities throughout the island.
The measure will be in force for one week and the situation will be reviewed on a daily basis, Ioannou said. He noted finally that the measure intends to introduce more efficient controls at crossing points.
Nursing staff at Ledra Palace examine people who pass through the crossing point with a digital thermometer and ask questions about their medical history and recent travelling.
The Cabinet decided on Friday to temporarily close four crossing points as a precaution against COVID19. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that the crossing points to remain closed for a week are those of Ledra Street, Astromeritis, Lefka and Deryneia.