COVID19: Rise in people fined for breaking lockdown

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There has been an increase in the past few days of people breaking lockdown rules and the curfew as Cypriots start to believe the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak is over.

In a 12-hour period from 6 pm Sunday, police cautioned 125 pedestrians and drivers as part of the campaign to enforce the COVID-19 lockdown.

It was the first time in several days that those cautioned by the police went into three figures.

The 4,620 spot-checks were held from 1800 on Sunday until 0600 Monday morning as well as police checks at 509 premises across Cyprus with only one violation in Larnaca.

Limassol topped the violations with 46 out of 1,046 spot checks, followed by Nicosia with 1,378 checks and 40 violations, Paphos had  766 checks and 25 violations, Famagusta 300 and seven violations, in Larnaca there were 869 checks and five violations and in Morphou 79 checks resulted in a single violation.

Out of 140 spot-checks, the traffic police reported no violations, while the emergency response unit reported one violation out of 42 spot-checks it conducted.

Cyprus is expected to start a staged exit from the lockdown next month but social distancing and restriction on movement will still apply in some form.