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Coronavirus: Cyprus order for containment of the coronavirus, COVID-19

On 19 March 020 in the Official Gazette the government of the Republic of Cyprus announced the new order (for the determination of measures for containment of the coronavirus COVID-19) No. 7 of 2020. The order has been implemented for the purpose of containing the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the protection of public health, as well as the prevention of possible collapse of the healthcare system from potential spread of the virus, considering the requirements of human capital and material infrastructure that would be necessary to combat the rapid spread of the virus.

Given the implementation of additional measures are deemed necessary, beyond the Regulations issued along with the Order No. 6 of 2020 (104/2020) and, without prejudice thereto, the following Regulations will apply as of 6am on 20 March 2020.

  1. All doctors registered under the doctors’ registry during the application of this Order are placed under instructions of the Minister of Health and will perform the duties assigned thereto.
  2. All nurses registered under the nurses’ registry during the application of this Order are placed under instructions of the Minister of Health and will perform the duties assigned thereto.
  3. The names of doctors and nurses that will undertake instructions will be announced on the website of the Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.cy) and/or any other means determined by the Minister of Health.
  4. The persons undertaking instructions will report at a time determined on the website and/or during their notification, which will not be less than 24 hours from the time of announcement on the website and/or notification and at a location determined on a case by case basis for performance of the duties assigned.

It is noted that if doctors and nurses whose names are updated on the register fall within the vulnerable groups, as determined by the Ministry of Finance at the press conference dated 16 March 2020, as amended, will be utilised in other duties related to the operations of the Ministry of Health, or will be generally exempted from duties, at the discretion of the Minister of Health.

It is further noted that such persons must comply with the directions of the Ministry of Health which are issued from time to time, and announced or published.

How to protect individuals, families and businesses

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation classified the coronavirus disease as a pandemic. It is still extremely difficult to accurately evaluate its full impact and the precautionary measures, including national emergencies and lockdowns, being implemented by governments and authorities worldwide. It is of utmost importance however to maintain our individual and collective responsibility in line with the measures put in place and to join our efforts to help those in need.  Particularly the young and healthy should support the most vulnerable groups, including older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions.

Entrepreneurs, directors and management teams must set the overall operational strategy to combat the effects of the virus. They must consider their businesses’ supply chain and, if not already, contact their suppliers and enquire about their risk exposure and contingency plans, in case of supply disruptions. The impact will be significantly different according to the industry or sector concerned. For instance, a substantially harder hit should be further expected particularly in the foreseeable future by businesses in the tourism, leisure, accommodation, and food and beverages sectors.

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