Sample taking for about 1000 free coronavirus tests got underway in Paphos at 8 am on Saturday, as authorities seek to obtain a better picture of contagion in the community.
Paphos and Aradippou both have a disproportionately high number of Covid-19 cases and the Health Ministry together with local authorities have arranged for broader tests to locate possible cases in both.
Samples are being taken at the former residence of the Paphos district officer from 8 am to 4 pm and will continue tomorrow and Monday, possibly Tuesday.
The people have been selected based on a demographic model so as to be representative of the community.
Paphos Mayor Phedon Phedonos said that the municipality had not been able to contact some of the individuals while about 18% who belong to vulnerable groups are frightened of going to the location where samples are being taken.
He said there are about 1300 names on the list, with authorities anticipating that at least 1000 will take the test.
This large sample will serve as a tool for the ministerial committee and the scientists to decide on the next steps, he added.
Those selected are contacted by telephone and must bring their ID with them. They are divided into groups, every two hours, and must remain in their cars. They must also wear face masks, and if they do not have any, Paphos Municipality will provide them.