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Cyprus bringing back overnight curfew

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Cyprus is bringing back an island-wide, overnight curfew in a bid to curb a surge of new Covid-19 infections that authorities worry could overburden the country's health care system.

The curfew, which is to take effect Friday, orders bars, restaurants, shopping malls and cafes to shut by 10:30 p.m.

The only exceptions to the curfew will be for anyone who's on the job and for emergency medical reasons. A 10-person maximum for gatherings at home or any public space – except in bars and restaurants – is part of the effort.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou also announced a ban on all kids' sports and social activities, and the closure of indoor and outdoor playgrounds as well as gyms.

President Nicos Anastasiades warned in a televised address that the spread of the coronavirus is on the verge of getting out of hand.

[AP]