Cyprus brings back mask mandate after just one month following surge in COVID cases

Cyprus has brought back face masks just one month after dropping the COVID rule. 

Its health ministry announced on Wednesday that tourists will once again have to wear face masks indoors. 

The country opened up its borders and removed all entry restrictions in April, when tourists flocked back to the beautiful island for their Easter holidays. It removed the requirement for masks on 1 June – the last restriction in place from the pandemic. 

But the measure has been reintroduced after a surge in COVID infections. For the week ending 1 July, Cyprus reported a total of 10,879 new cases. 

A spike in hospital admissions and people not taking necessary precautions to prevent

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