472,000 SMS for movement requests sent on first day of lockdown in Cyprus

472,000 text messages were sent to 8998 for permission for movement on Sunday, the first day of the new lockdown in Cyprus, greekcitytimes.com reports. According to Deputy Minister for Innovation and Digital Policy, Kyriacos Kokkinos, out of the 472,000 requests, 378,000 of them were approved. He also pointed out that no problems were recorded on the first day the SMS system was reactivated. Kokkinos noted that around 138,000 messages were sent for category 2 while 123,000 messages were sent for category 6. For clarifications about movement, people may call 1474. Cyprus introduced a new lockdown to combat the new Covid variant. The current curfew banning movement from 9 pm-5 am daily remains in force. Individuals will only be permitted to go out twice each day for specific reasons. To go out, permission must be requested by sending a text message to 8998. Requests should be sent as a string of numbers in the following format: category (1-8), space, ID number, space, postal code (four-digit postal code). Categories to go out: Going to the pharmacy, visit a doctor, give blood or for a COVID test or for vaccinationGoing to a supermarket to buy essential products, goods and services (groceries, food)Going to the bank when electronic transactions are not possibleAbsolutely necessary visits to a government officeGoing out to help others who are in need of assistance or are in isolation, including those under quarantineGoing out for physical exercise, in groups of up to two, in your neighborhoodAttending a ceremony or service (funeral, wedding, baptism/christening) if guests are first or second-degree relatives in groups of up to ten individualsAny other reason for going outside that can be justified under the measures as described in the latest decree on movement restrictions RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)