Second coronavirus case in northern Cyprus

A second person has fallen ill with the coronavirus in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkish news site Diken reported.

The second patient is the spouse of the German tourist who became the first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the breakaway state this week, the report said.

The northern Cypriot government shut schools and banned mass gatherings this week as precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on Tuesday.

Turkish Cypriot Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said in a tweet on Wednesday that flights from Germany, France and Italy to northern Cyprus would be suspended until April 1.