Another 20 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Cyprus out of 2312 lab tests, bringing the total to 715, including 10 at the British Bases, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The new confirmed cases are:
- 3 cases found from the large-scale 20,000 tests in workers (1758 tests today)
- 8 through tracing of the contacts of positive cases (393 tests)
- 7 who were repatriated from London/Bulgaria on Monday (107 tests)
- 2 from tests carried out by private labs at the initiative of the those affected (14 tests)
Another one person from the same London flight had tested positive yesterday. All eight positive cases are from the London flight.
From Saturday April 11 until 4 pm today a total of 3,034 tests were completed today from the government’s mass testing programme for workers in he private and public sector.
Dr Leontios Kostrikis said that today’s figures were “within the estimates” of the scientific team and in line with the epidemiological and statistical picture.”The 20 confirmed cases out of 2312 tests is undoubtedly a very good number. But that does not mean we go off course.”
He said the free testing was particularly important and for this reason cabinet today had decided on compulsory testing for those working in retail food and drink companies and old people’s homes.
It was also decided to announce the names of companies visited by the public which have positive cases while all personnel will be moved.
“These decisions are in line with planning to prevent the spread of the virus among the population. We want to use the time when people are staying at home so that through tracing we can quickly trace possible infections. We urge the public to make the best of the programme of the free tests,” he said.
Dr Marios Loizou said that at 3 pm today, there were a total of 24 patients at Famagusta Hospital which is the referral hospital for coronavirus. Two patients were discharged today.
A total of nine people are intubated in the ICU of Nicosia (6) and Limassol (3) hospitals.
There are another three patients in the ICU of Nicosia Hospital but they are not intubated.
The condition of all patients in the ICUs is steady but critical, he added.
There are another four coronavirus patients in other hospitals, other than at the referral hospital.