F-35Bs arrive at RAF Akrotiri for the first time 210519 CREDIT MOD
Cyprus

Fifth Person In British Forces Cyprus Tests Positive For COVID-19

Nearly 6,000 British military personnel and their dependents are based in Cyprus.

F-35Bs arrive at RAF Akrotiri for the first time 210519 CREDIT MOD

A fifth person in British Forces Cyprus has tested positive for coronavirus.

The individual is permanently based at RAF Akrotiri and is displaying "mild symptoms", according to a British Forces Cyprus spokesperson. 

The person is currently in self-isolation.

It comes a day after British Forces Cyprus had confirmed its fourth case of coronavirus.

A spokesperson said the individual, who is permanently based in the Eastern Sovereign Base Areas, is also self-isolating and displaying "mild symptoms". 

On Tuesday, the bases introduced further measures in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The rules followed those made by the Republic of Cyprus on Monday and included restrictions on movement and the closure of "public gathering spaces".

It also saw the "suspension of all but essential operational and business activity" on the Sovereign Base Areas.

Nearly 6,000 British military personnel and their dependents are based in Cyprus.

Last week, schools and other sites including gyms and restaurants in British Forces Cyprus were shut over the coronavirus outbreak. 

Cover image: Library image of RAF F-35Bs on the runway at RAF Akrotiri (Picture: MOD).