The state health services organisation Okipi has activated protocols after a Limasol Hospital paediatrician tested positive for coronavirus this evening while the Health Ministry’s epidemiological monitoring unit are tracing the doctor’s contacts.
In an announcement, Okipi said children in the children’s ward of Limassol General Hospital have not come into contact with the health professional and will be discharged with instructions from doctors.
The children who were in the ward from March 13 to 16 and may have come into contact with the doctor will be traced, with Okipi reminding that coronavirus in children has been found to be mild.
There will be no further admissions at the children’s ward until further notice. All children’s outpatients appointments are cancelled till further notice.
Everyone who came into close contact with the doctor is being tested and have been confined to their homes. The areas used by the doctor who tested positive will be disinfected.
Any cases requiring admissions at the A&E will be referred to the Makarios Hospital in Nicosia and to the private sector.
No patient visits are allowed.
The doctor is the third doctor in Cyprus to have tested positive for coronavirus. A heart surgeon at Nicosia Hospital was among the first confirmed cases while a doctor at Paphos’ Hospital has also tested positive.
Ten nurses at Paphos Hospital have also been confirmed with the virus — the latest today.
They had contracted the virus from a 65 year old Briton who had been visited by relatives from the UK .