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33 more test positive to Covid-19, concern over spike in cases among general public

Another 33 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Cyprus out of 1703 lab tests, bringing the total to 695, including 10 at the British Bases, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The new confirmed cases are:

  • 3 cases found from the large-scale 20,000 tests in workers (this process is ongoing)
  • 30 cases as follows:

-13 through tracing of the contacts of positive cases

-1 of 147 samples taken from people repatriated yesterday (this process is ongoing)

-16 in a bakery production unit tested at the initiative of the company. Dr Leontios Kostrikis said that all 26 found positive from this cluster (10 were among the cases announced on Monday) resided in the same apartment block and did not follow social distancing measures.

Kostrikis said that results from tracing are encouraging but raised concern about positive cases found among the general population that proved that social distancing is not adhered to.

“According to our evidence, many have been infected because they avoided taking basic protection measures, and more specifically they had not realised the importance of social distancing. We have said it before and we will say it again: there are asymptomatic carriers among us that transmit the virus and we are all candidate cases,” he said.

On the 20,000 tests scheme, from its launch on Saturday and until 4 pm today a total of 1,276 tests have been completed.

23 patients are currently being treated at Famagusta referral hospital, two of whom in the increased care unit. Two patients were discharged today.

9 patients are intubated in ICUs; three at Limassol Hospital and six at Nicosia Hospital. Three more patients are being treated at Nicosia Hospital ICU but without intubation. The clinical condition of all ICU patients is stable but critical.

Two patients were discharged from ICU today at Nicosia Hospital, one now being treated at Famagusta Hospital and the other in a ward at Nicosia Hospital, a development Dr Marios Loizou said is very encouraging.

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