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Downward trend in COVID-19 cases slightly halted

Information provided by the National Surveillance Report until 1st of February and released by the Ministry of Health on Friday show that the downward trend that was underway in the daily COVID-19 cases was slightly halted, which shows that it is in line with the increase in the weekly positivity rate.

The highest value of the cumulative incidence of 14 days is found in the 0-9 and 10-19 age groups which may reflect to some extent the increased laboratory testing in these groups, compared to others.

According to the Epidemiological Surveillance Report, until February 1st, 2022, a total of 257,755 COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed, of which 738 died due to COVID-19 with a case fatality risk of 0.3%.

It notes that data are subject to change due to the rapidly evolving situation.

In the last 14 days (since January 19th, 2021), 31,013 cases were diagnosed with a 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate of 3,492.5 per 100,000 population.

It also said that in the last 14 days, 31,013 cases were diagnosed with the median age being 31 years. From the information available for 26,759 (86.3%) cases, 51.1% were females (13,673), and 48.9% males (13,086).

By place of exposure, for 30,484 (98.3%) cases, 2% (605) were imported and 98% (29,879) were locally-acquired.

In addition, by February 2nd, 2022, a total of 232 people were still hospitalized. The median age of patients still hospitalized due to COVID-19 is 69 years, 60.2% are males, and 35.5% are from Nicosia district. Thirty-five cases (18.8%) still hospitalised have comorbidities.

Also, by February 2, 2022, all 37 cases in intensive care units are intubated. The median age of current ICU patients is 66. Eight (22.9%) ICU patients have comorbidities.

Over the last 14 days, 83,211 RT PCR and 1,364,727 rapid antigen tests have been performed (9,370.6 RT PCR and 153,685.5 rapid antigen tests per 100,000 population).

Deaths

Among cases diagnosed until February 1st, 2022, 738 COVID-19 associated deaths were reported in the Republic of Cyprus until February 2nd, 2022 (Case Fatality Risk – CFR: 0.3%).

The COVID-19 associated mortality is 83.1 per 100,000 population.

Deaths occurred in 461 men (62.5%) and 277 (37.5%) women; the median age of all COVID-19 associated deaths was 78 years. By district of residence, deceased cases were 259 (35.1%) from Limassol, 227 (30.8%) from Nicosia, 134 (18.2%) from Larnaca, 67 (9.1%) from Pafos, 41 (5.5%) from Ammochostos, and 10 deaths (1.3%) occurred among cases for which district information was not available or who had a residence abroad.

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