Cyprus mulls new COVID measures as per capita rate is world’s highest

Cypriot authorities are meeting to consider new restrictions to rein in a COVID-19 infection rate that is now the highest in the world per capita.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is to meet with scientific advisers to discuss measures that could include a delayed start to the new school term and restrictions on church gatherings as the island prepares to mark Epiphany, a key date in the Greek Orthodox religious calendar, on Thursday.

Like other European countries, the Mediterranean island has been hit by a surge in cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Medics administer the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, on January 2, 2022, as the country begins vaccinations for children between the ages of five and eleven, amid a sharp surge in coronavirus cases. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP)

According to AFP figures, Cyprus recorded the world’s highest COVID infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.

It was top with 2,505 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Denmark (2,117), Ireland (1,946), Greece (1,762) and France (1,680).

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