On 9 March 2020, Cyprus confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus: a 25-year-old man from Limassol who had returned from Italy and a 64-year-old health professional from Nicosia who had returned from the United Kingdom.
On 11 March, Cyprus confirmed four more cases of COVID-19: two Greek Cypriots who returned from the UK the day before and one taxi driver from Paphos, whose grandson was also hospitalised. All three men were taken to Famagusta General Hospital. The fourth case was in self-isolation at home.
On 12 March, four new cases were confirmed: a person who had travelled to the United Kingdom and contacted the authorities after developing symptoms, a person who had returned from Italy, a person with symptoms after returning from Greece, and an individual returning from Germany with no symptoms.
On 13 March, eleven new cases were confirmed.PresidentNicos Anastasiades, in a special appearance, announced the closing of all borders except for nationals for 15 days from 15 March.