Saying that Cyprus was on the right track, Health Ministry scientists on Friday announced 15 new coronavirus cases in Cyprus following 3241 tests, bringing the total to 750, including 10 at the British Bases.
There were 20 cases yesterday.
The new confirmed cases are:
- 4 cases found from the large-scale 20,000 tests in workers (1723 tests today)
- 3 through tracing of the contacts of positive cases (381 tests)
- 2 from hospital labs (162 tests)
- None from private initiative (388 tests)
- 6 from Okipi (state health organisations) staff (587 tests)
A total of 6499 tests have been carried out from 20,000 wider testing programme of the government.
“The figures of the past days create a picture which satisfies us,” Dr Leontios Kostrikis told the daily press conference.
“We now have before us clear results and not just indicatations. It is the reward of the collective effort. We are on a very good road and must continue on the same track with the same dtermination,” he said.
Dr Marios Loizou said that at 3 pm on Friday there were 19 coronavirus hospital at the referral hospital, three of them in the special care unit.
Nine are intubated in the ICU of Nicosia and Limassol Hospital while four are in the ICU but not intubated.
Another eight are in wards in hospitals.
Loizou said that life must slowly slowly resume. To strike the fine balance between relaxing the measures and the need perhaps to restore the measures if there is an increase in cases, the decisive element will be adequacy of the health system to cope with a new increased flow of patients.
“As long as the health system can cope, then life can come closer to its natural pace. It will be a lengthy effort until the virus can be defeated, either with a vaccine or with a large percentage of the population acquiring immunity,” he said.