Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has repeated his call to the public to avoid crowded spaces and not to leave their homes unless necessary.
“We do not intend to lock people into their homes unless we absolutely need to. Life goes on. It is vital that essential services continue,” said Tatar speaking after Sunday’s Council of Ministers meeting.
Prime Minister Tatar said that the public needed to listen to and follow the health ministry’s instructions.
Commenting on the shopping frenzy that took place at supermarkets over the past few days, Tatar said that there was no need to crowd supermarkets.
“The supermarkets will remain open. To flood supermarkets is doing a great injustice to the work we are doing and the measures we are taking. People should just buy what they need and leave without spending too much time at the supermarkets,” he said.
The Prime Minister also called on supermarket owners to take measures to prevent overcrowding at stores.
Tatar also said the government will not refrain or hesitate from adopting any measures if the need arises.
“The public’s health is our priority. All the measures we have adopted so far are for the public’s health and we shall continue to do so from now on,” he added.
“Avoid crowded places, do not leave your homes unless it is necessary. Do not leave your city, town or village unless it’s necessary. Please try and follow the warnings and instructions of the health ministry,” he added.
Tatar also said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which he had spoken with on Saturday, had expressed his readiness to provide any support required.
Prime Minister Tatar said that it was important for Turkish Cypriot society to act in solidarity and unity, to show a concerted effort and to act with responsibility to overcome the current crisis the country was going through.
“We as the government are fully aware of our responsibilities. Our people, our economic sectors are capable of overcoming all difficulties or problems through cooperation with motherland Turkey,” he said
Asked to comment on the two TRNC citizens currently being treated for coronavirus, Prime Minister Tatar pointed out that both patients had arrived on the island from the UK
He said they had called on all TRNC citizens planning to travel to the country to remain in the UK.
“This of course was not an easy call to make,” Tatar added.
The Prime Minister reminded that those arriving from the UK will be kept in isolation for a period of 14 days.