Member of the scientific team at the Ministry of Health, Constantinos Tsioutis, who is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Infection Prevention and Control, at the European University Cyprus, has told CNA that Cyprus will continue to record three-digit numbers of coronavirus cases, and noted that the situation needs weeks to come under control.
He recalled that in the last few days Cyprus recorded more than 900 cases, which is more than the one third of the total number of cases since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Tsioutis pointed out that the recent measures announced by the government will take many weeks to bear results.
“At the moment, all epidemiological indicators show that we are on an upward trend and we hope from next week to see some of these indicators decrease, thus showing slightly that this serious epidemic is starting to become under control “, he pointed out.
“We are at a critical point at the moment because there is now documented transmission to the community” he said, adding that there are multiple transmission chains in too many places and in many geographical areas and emphasised on the Limassol district where most of the cases are recorded as well as Paphos district which shows an upward trend.
He told CNA that admissions at hospitals and at the intensive care units are on the rise, noting that we have not yet seen the full extent of the clinical effects of the outbreak of the last ten days.
Replying to questions, he said that statistically there will be an increase in deaths since the mortality of identified cases is at 1-2%.
Dr. Tsioutis said that more measures will be announced aiming at containing the spread of the coronavirus. The measures will be strict but will not disrupt the economy.
“If measures are not observed, we will not see any improvement,” he stressed, adding that people must comply to avoid a new lockdown.
He said that we are approaching winter which will complicate the situation but added that winter in Cyprus will come at the end of November/ beginning of December, which could give us time to bring the situation under control.