Coronavirus in KKTC, Cyprus

Northern Cyprus discharges its latest coronavirus patient

Thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world and preventive measures, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has managed to overcome the pandemic very quickly and with just over 100 cases of coronavirus.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC, for its acronym in Turkish) was planning to discharge its last patient with coronavirus on this Tuesday, May 5, after having managed to stop the pandemic with just over a hundred confirmed cases of the virus.

Thanks to this, the Turkish Cypriot government has begun this week to partially lift the confinement measures decreed after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 10, and many stores and businesses including hairdressers and even casinos have begun to open its doors as life gradually recovers its “new normality” in this part of the Mediterranean island.

Since the first case of coronavirus was detected in the KKTC on March 10 in a German tourist, a total of 108 cases have been detected in northern Cyprus, well below neighbouring countries, and only 4 deaths by COVID-19 have been confirmed. The last active coronavirus case admitted to the hospital was scheduled to be released today.

Even so, prevention measures in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants, will continue for several more days, and it will continue to be mandatory to wear a mask to go out. Curfews will also continue overnight until May 15.

The main cause that explains how the north of Cyprus has managed to overcome the coronavirus pandemic so fast and with so few cases is the fact that this de facto State, only recognised by its neighbouring Turkey, has in fact limited contact with the rest of the world, including the southern half of the island, where Greek Cypriots are majority. In addition, as soon as the first patient with COVID-19 was detected, the country suspended all flights.