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90,619 Covid-19 tests conducted in Cyprus until May 19 – weekly report

According to the Thursday report of the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Health Ministry, as of May 19 a total of 90,619 Coronavirus tests have been conducted, which corresponds to 10,345 tests per 100,000 population, similar to Malta which has reported 11,001 tests per 100,000 population.

Of the 918 positive cases recorded until May 19, 50.2% are female (461 individuals) and 49.8% male (457 individuals). By age groups, cases included 58 infants, children and adolescents aged 0-17 years-old (6.3%), 634 adults aged 18-59 years (69.1%), and 226 persons aged 60 years and older (24.6%).

Information on pre-existing conditions was available for 809 (88.1%) of cases. Of those, 330 people (40.8% of the total) reported at least one other pre-existing condition. The most common ones were hypertension (127/801; 15.9%), diabetes (73/809; 9%), heart disease (63/804; 7.8%), and cancer (25/809; 3.1%).

Summary of the new findings:

  • As of May 19th, a total of 918 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths (case fatality rate: 2.6%) have been reported in the Republic of Cyprus.
  • Among these cases, 20.6% are health-care workers (189 people) – 4.3% physicians (39 people), 10.3% nurses (95 people), 1.4% other health occupations (13 people), and 4.6% auxiliary staff (42 people).
  • The median age of cases is 45 years (interquartile range – IQR: 32-59 years); 49.8% are male and 50.2% are female.
  • Overall, of 773 cases for which the place of exposure was known, locally acquired infections (index cases and close contacts of confirmed cases) were 643 (83.2%) – of these 8.9% (57 people) were related to a health-care facility (General Hospital in Pafos) and 12.8% (82 people) were reported in Aradippou municipality.
  • In total, 19% (174 people) of cases received hospital care, of which 139 (79.9%) have been discharged alive from the hospital. Median age of all hospitalized patients is: 62 years (interquartile range: 49-73 years) and 64.9% are males.
  • Four patients were still in intensive care units (for part of the day if they died, were discharged or transferred on that day or for the whole day, by May 19th); three of them were intubated.
  • Overall, 561 (61.1%) cases have recovered (two negative tests following their diagnosis).
  • A total of 90,619 tests have been performed as of May 19th (10,345.8 per 100,000 population).

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