President Mustafa Akıncı highlighted the importance of maintaining social distancing and wearing masks in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
Speaking during a visit, Akıncı said that people were now better informed about the coronavirus than they were at the start of the pandemic which was why they needed to learn from their experiences.
Pointing out that local cases have been detected in addition to those arriving via air or sea, the TRNC President said that the time had come to reconsider implementing quarantine requirements for those arriving from abroad.
“No one wishes to experience another lockdown. People need to work and earn a living. But the wheels of the economy cannot turn by putting the public’s health at risk. We need to be able to maintain a balance between the two,” he said.
Akıncı also repeated his view that any decisions requiring public health should not be taken by politicians but health experts.
“Unfortunately I am observing that people are not adhering to rules, maintaining social distancing or wearing masks at entertainment venues, beaches or other social gatherings. We have unfortunately abandoned many of the measures we had adopted in March and April,” he said, adding that people should take those measures seriously.