Cyprus holidays: Country escapes quarantine but iconic hotel halts operations due to covid

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Cyprus was expected to be added to the quarantine list yesterday after the country recorded a surge in coronavirus cases. However, the popular destination remained on the travel corridor list. Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Cyprus’ infection rate remained relatively stable up until the last few days when cases suddenly took a turn.

Yesterday, according to figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and travel consultancy the PC Agency, Cyprus’ recorded 95.4 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

This is above Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

But the country’s positive cases stands at 3,154 which is below many other countries in Europe.

Cyprus remained on the ‘safe’ list along with Germany and Sweden which were also at risk of being axed.

However, now one of the country’s most iconic hotels The Anassa Hotel in Paphos is suspending its operations until further notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak among its staff.

The hotel posted an announcement on Facebook to inform the public and their customer base.

Anassa Hotel posted on Facebook: “Anassa Hotel suspends operations.

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“Customers and staff were immediately informed about the positive cases and the appropriate protective measures were taken.”

“Thanos Hotels has informed the Ministry of Health that 13 members of staff at Anassa Hotel in Paphos have tested positive for Covid-19.

“The confirmed cases are amongst staff who work in the back of house departments and therefore they have not had direct contact with the customers.

“Immediately after the detection of the cases and, in accordance with the Ministry of Health, Thanos Hotels implemented the safety protocol to protect the health and safety of its employees and guests.

“The hotel management immediately informed the staff, current customers and guests who are due to visit to manage their bookings accordingly.”

CEO of Thanos Hotels & Resorts group, of which Anassa Hotel is part of, Thanos Michaelides told the Cyprus Mail that five of the 13 positive cases were already self-isolating since last week.

He added: “Also, I want to reassure everyone that the people who tested positive were working in positions that did not require any contact with the customers.

“I can also confirm that all existing hotel customers have already been informed and that the vast majority will leave in the next three days. We will not be accepting new bookings for the time being.”

The Anassa hotel is a stunning destination for a Mediterranean break that is located right on the coast.

The Facebook coast was immediately inundated with comments from well-wishers.

One person said: “Sending good vibes. I hope the situation will improve soon!”

Another said: “That’s a great example of social responsibility – we are looking forward for visiting you back and our wishes to the people affected. Stay strong, remain the best.”

Another commented: “Much love to you all and wishing for safer and happier times to come.”

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