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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Akrotiri and Dhekelia

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Akrotiri and Dhekelia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationAkrotiri and Dhekelia
Arrival date15 March 2020
(2 weeks and 4 days)
Confirmed cases10
Recovered0
Deaths
0

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the British Overseas Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in March 2020.

Timeline

On 13 March, Cyprus implemented a 14-day self-isolation rule for all people travelling from the United Kingdom. This measure includes arrivals from the United Kingdom travelling to the Sovereign Bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Several people were self-isolating within the bases and being tested. All sporting activities, visits, and non-essential exercises within the bases were cancelled, in an effort to reduce the number of outside visitors.[1]

On 15 March, the first two cases in Akrotiri and Dhekelia were confirmed, both members of the UK Armed Forces permanently based at RAF Akrotiri. They arrived at Paphos Airport on 13 March. They self-isolated and were tested positive after developing mild symptoms. Immediately after, the BFC Joint Services Health Unit started contact tracing.[2]

On 18 March, the third case was also confirmed.[3] On that same day, the bases announced that all six schools in Akrotiri and Dhekelia have closed until 20 April.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Coronavirus: Bases implementing 14 day self-isolation rule for all UK arrivals". in-cyprus.
  2. ^ "Coronavirus: British Bases announce two confirmed cases". in-cyprus.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus: One more tests positive in British Bases". in-cyprus.
  4. ^ "Coronavirus: All schools within SBAs closing until April 20". in-cyprus.
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