North Cyprus News - Cyprus Today 5th December 2020

The trouble with the North Cyprus News in the weekly Cyprus Today on the 5th December 2020 is that the main news happening on that day, an earthquake, will not appear until next Saturday. The earthquake was north of Cyprus and 5.3 magnitude.

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Girne Hospital hit by Covid-19 – “GİRNE is facing a serious situation” after a nurse at the town’s Akçiçek state hospital tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. The nurse, who has not been named, had been displaying symptoms and underwent a PCR test, officials said, and has been placed in quarantine. Other health workers are self-isolating as a precautionary measure, while investigations to track down who else the nurse had been in contact with were ongoing.

Delivery of cancer drugs to TRNC delayed – CANCER patients are facing delays in receiving life-saving drugs, it has been claimed. The issue was highlighted recently by the wife of a Çatalköy expat resident, who told CyprusToday that her husband’s chemotherapy had to be put on hold for “weeks” because delivery of the drugs from Turkey had been delayed. Anna Graham said the unavailability “of these vital drugs is inhumane and wholly unacceptable”.

‘Beware of fake charity raffle tickets’ – MEMBERS of the public have been warned against being duped into buying fake charity raffle tickets in the run- up to Christmas and the New Year. A scam was recently exposed by Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR), who issued a warning to supporters after receiving reports of raffle tickets “being sold under the guise” of belonging to KAR.

CTP fails to form govt, hands back mandate to Tatar –  THE Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has handed back the mandate to form a government to President Ersin Tatar after nearly two weeks of efforts to establish a four-party coalition failed. It means the TRNC has now been without a government for two months.

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Single category for TRNC arrivals – THE three-tier system of Covid-19 country categories for people travelling from abroad to the TRNC has been replaced by a “single category”, the Health Ministry announced. The new rules came into force on Tuesday and mean that all arrivals planning to stay in North Cyprus for more than three days must spend seven days in quarantine, regardless of where they have travelled from. They must also present a negative PCR test on arrival produced within the last three days.

Water going to waste – THE TRNC is failing to utilise rainwater because of the absence of a “national water policy” – which would also make floods less likely to occur – experts have told Cyprus Today. North Cyprus suffers from the depletion, salinisation and contamination of scarce underground water resources, they have warned, calling for the construction of “rain-harvesting” dams. The failure to conserve local water resources was highlighted this year when the country’s taps ran dry after the 80km undersea pipeline supplying fresh water from Turkey ruptured in January and was not fixed until October.

 

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