OREANDA-NEWSThe Cypriot authorities have decided to extend for the next two weeks the ban on flights to the island of passenger flights in connection with the pandemic of the new coronavirus. This was announced on Thursday by Twitter Minister of Transport, Communications and Public Works Yannis Karusos.

"Assessing the situation in the Republic of Cyprus, and also taking into account the tragic situation in other European countries and around the world, we will extend the ban on flights for another 14 days", the head of the ministry said in a tweet.

The decree on a two-week ban on passenger flights to Larnaca and Paphos international airports entered into force at 3 a.m. on March 21. Accordingly, on the night of the coming Friday to Saturday, its action could end, but taking into account the additional 14 days, it now covers the period already until April 17 inclusive.

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in Cyprus reached almost four hundred the day before. 320 carriers of infection were detected in the Greek south of the island, including 10 cases at the British military base Akrotiri, and 77 in the Turkish north.