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MoH issues clarifications on 20,000 tests for workers

As regards Covid testing to 20,000 workers in the public and private sectors and the National Guard already underway, the Ministry of Health clarifies the following:

The allocation of the 20,000 per district was based on demographic data by the Statistical Service.

The labs participating in the scheme are the ones announced (scroll down for table) and sample taking is conducted only at the points listed. Mobile sample taking units are strictly prohibited.

The choice of labs and the allocation of tests was based on their capabilities and the Districts they can cover in order to conduct 1,000 tests per day.

Individuals who wish to take the test should contact the lab of their choice to book an appointment. On the day of their appointment, beneficiaries should present proof verifying their job position, like a signed confirmation from the employer. The programme concerns each citizen individually and not a business as a whole.

Eligible for the tests are citizens residing in the Republic who are still working and therefore have increased chances of being exposed to the virus. Indicatively, the scheme concerns:

-workers in the public and wider public sectors and local administration, prioritising authorities that provide services to the public

-members of the National Guard

-members of the Police

-members of the Fire Service, and

-workers in the private sector with priority to businesses providing services to the public (ex. banks, post offices, gas stations) and food and drink retail businesses (ex. supermarkets, kiosks, bakeries etc)

Labs have received instructions from the Health Ministry indicating the percentage of tests to be held for each professional group (ex. 15% public sector staff, 25% retail staff etc). The Health Ministry warns that should the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit discover preferential treatment benefiting one group over another, the Ministry may terminate the agreement and notify the public accordingly.

Based on the labs’ agreement with the Health Ministry, participating labs must maintain records and communicate the results to the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit within 48 hours from the time of sample-taking, prioritising positive results so that tracing of contacts can begin imminently.

The Epidemiological Surveillance Unit will perform regular visits at the sample-taking locations for observation and inspection.

The labs chosen that meet the requirements to conduct tests using the Real-Time PCR method are as follows:

LABS

SAMPLE-TAKING LOCATIONS

Nicosia Limassol Larnaca Paphos Famagusta

ACT BIO

Outdoors: 5 Demophontos Str, Nicosia 1075Τ: 22747374

American Medical Center

AMC – 215 Spyrou Kyprianou Ave, Nicosia 2047.T:22476649 AMC – 2 Christodoulou Papadaki, Limassol 3022T: 25859359

The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics (in collaboration with SynLab Ltd)

Outdoors, outside Makario / Eleftheria stadiumΤ: 22751333 Outdoors, outside indoor swimming pool near Tsireio stadiumT: 22751333 Outdoor area of Kitio Sports centreT: 22751333 Outdoor area of Stelios Kyriakides stadium (ex Pafiako)Τ:22751333

MEDIFOS

Lab’s basement, 8 October 28 street, Nicosia 2414Τ: 22 760943

NIPD Genetics

NIPD Genetics HQ, 31 Neas Engomis str, Nicosia 2409, Τ: 22267899 German Oncology Centre, 1 Nikis Ave, Ayios AthanasiosΤ: 22267899 Analysis Lab, 23 Arch. Makarios III, Aradippou 7104Τ: 99159492 District Officer’s residence, Griva Digheni & Neophytou NicolaidiΤ: 22267899 Paralimni stadium car parkΤ: 22267899
GSP stadium car park Pavlides Labs, 38 Gladstonos, Limassol 3041Τ: 77 77 05 07 New GSZ stadium car park Pavlides Labs, 134 Ayiou Stephanou, Empa 8052, PaphosΤ: 77 77 05 07

Yiannouka Lab – Vioiatriki Group

59 Ifigenias, Nicosia 2003Τ: 96909011 236 Ayias FylaxeosΤ: 96909011

Bioanalysis Clinical Labs (Limassol), Tymvios Clinical Labs (Nicosia) and PZ Agapiou Diagnostics

Outdoors (drive-through)1. Central Lab, 12 Kritis Str

Τ: 22762213

2. Dali blood centre

Τ: 22762213

3. Makedonitissa blood centre

Τ: 22762213

Outdoors (drive-through)1. 23C Spyrou Kyprianou Ave, 4001 Mesa Geitonia

Τ: 25726252

2. 9 Sofias Tsirou Str,Toulla Court 3 , Limassol 3021

Τ: 25381373

3. 45 Grigori Afxendiou, Polemidia

Τ: 25381373

4. 3 Arch. Makariou, Kakopetria

Τ: 25381373

Markideio TheatreΤ: 22762213

 

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