A UK-based Greek Cypriot newspaper has urged Boris Johnson’s government to investigate the “emerging evidence suggesting coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on UK Cypriots”.
Serving the Cypriot community in the UK, London-based newspaper ‘Parikiaki’ has called on the British government to look into why a disproportionately high number of Cypriots are reportedly dying in Britain of COVID-19-
A newspaper article titled ‘why are so many UK Cypriots dying from coronavirus’ by journalist Michael Yiakoumi said that over 150 UK-based Cypriots, both Greek and Turkish, have died of the virus so far.
The article added: “We make up three percent of London’s population. If we are 300,000 out of nine million, we account for almost seven percent of all COVID-19 related deaths in London.
“There is the possibility that it may now be exceeding 200 deaths, but we will have confirmed figures on Wednesday.”
The article also mentioned that more cases could be registered after the Easter period.
The article said: “The other fear we have is that it is Greek Easter next week and traditionally we have family gatherings.”
The newspaper called on all UK Cypriots to adhere to current safety protocols and limit gatherings to those who live in the same house “otherwise we could see an acceleration of COVID-19 deaths which could double the figures we see now”.
According to reports, the dead Cypriots in London include 95 Greek Cypriots, 55 Turkish Cypriots and a Maronite.
Two Greek Cypriots in Birmingham have also died.
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