North Cyprus News - Cyprus Today 20th February 2021

North Cyprus News - Cyprus Today 20th February 2021The North Cyprus News on the front page of Cyprus Today on 20th February 2021 is a little sparse and late as my edition was delayed a week. The main story gives the impression that the TRNC government is struggling to stop its citizens from starving. The TRNC has a different approach to vaccination to the UK, seeing critical workers such as police as being important enough to vaccinate early.

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Thousands Go Hungry – THOUSANDS of applications have been made for food parcels as the TRNC entered the third week of a national lockdown. At the start of the week the Labour and Social Security Minister Koral Çağman announced that 9,200 individuals had filled in forms via the website basvuru.csgb.gov.ct.tr for food aid from the Social Services after he asked muhtars to identify those most in need.

Number of Covid-19 cases drops as vaccinations gain momentum – THE TRNC has the capacity to inoculate 50,000 people a week against Covid-19, Health Minister Ali Pilli has declared, as the government remains set on its goal of opening up the country to university students and tourists in six weeks’ time. Dr Pilli said this week that the vaccination of members of the police, those in “critical” jobs, public sector workers and press workers was continuing apace. The current objective is to give jabs to 300,000 people by April under a three-stage vaccination programme, the details of which were reported by this paper last week.

‘Outrage’ at call for govt ‘assistance’ for hunters – OUTRAGED environmentalists are trying to shoot down demands by hunters for seven consecutive days of hunting. A written statement by TRNC Hunting Federation chairman Osman Cook called on the Council of Ministers to “assist” hunters due to the “losses” they and hunting goods suppliers have incurred because of the lockdown. The statement calls for hunting days to be announced for the period covering Monday February 22 through to February 28 inclusive, or to allow hunting to be held on another seven-day period.

 

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