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Wearing masks in public could soon be mandatory in Germany, according to a draft list of measures that officials think should allow life to return to normal.
The proposals, contained in a draft action plan document compiled by the interior ministry, seen by Reuters on Monday, include an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains.
Two refugee NGOs have criticised what they describe as prison-like conditions at a centre for asylum seekers on Cyprus, warning that conditions at the camp increases the risk of contracting Covid-19 to those held there.
The Cyprus Refugee Council and Caritas Cyprus said the centre in Kokkinotrimithia has in the past month been turned into an effective detention centre, with conditions that place both residents and staff at risks.
Currently, there are over 600 people in what has effectively become a tent prison; many lack access to hygiene infrastructure or adequate Covid -19 protective measures. This has created dangerous conditions for both residents and staff.
Beyond this, in the last week, the Ministry of Interior has begun to move additional asylum seekers to Kokkinotrimithia, removing them from the hostels in which they lived in decent conditions. They now are housed communally in a closed-off section of the Kokkinotrimithia facility with little or no electricity, heat or access to showers. This has compounded their risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19 and jeopardized the wellbeing of some particularly vulnerable medical cases.