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Coronavirus: All 152 samples from Nicosia hospital doctor’s contacts test negative

All 152 samples rushed to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics overnight after a doctor working at Nicosia General Hospital tested positive for coronavirus  are negative, health ministry sources said on Tuesday.

The 152 samples are from people the doctor had come into contact with — patients,  health professionals, other hospital staff and family members.

The heart surgeon had returned to Cyprus from the UK on March 3 and saw a number of patients until Sunday.

He and a 25 year old man from Limassol who is in self-isolation after visiting Milan are the first two coronavirus cases in Cyprus.

The Health Ministry has been tracing all the people who came into contact with the doctor.

The hospital halted all admissions, outpatient clinics, surgeries and visits for 48 hours and said it would gradually discharge or move patients from the heart surgery ward, where the doctor worked.

It has also revised its instructions for travellers.

Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers met under President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday and decided on a number of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

These are: extending the temporary closure of four checkpoints on the Green Line until March 18, closure of a number of private and public schools in Nicosia for three days, the cancellation of concerts, parades and events and a ban on indoor gatherings with more than 75 people, including church congregations.

Football matches will be held without fans until March 31.

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