One woman died and another 38 people tested positive for coronavirus from 1226 tests carried out islandwide, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Dr Marios Loizou said a 78 year old woman had died in the ICU of Nicosia Hospital. He said the woman had underlying health conditions but the cause of death is attributed to coronavirus.
This brings the total number of deaths of people who have tested positive for coronavirus to 15, for ten of whom Covid-19 was the cause of death.
Seven of the 10 are men, and three are women. The average age was 67.
Of the 38 new cases announced today 18 were detected after tracing, seven were from 258 tests carried out in Aradippou and 13 are being investigated.
The total number of cases is now 564, including 10 in the British Bases from a total of 15489 tests.
Of the 10 previous cases for which tracing was still underway, five have been traced to contacts and the rest are still being investigated.
Of the total of 564 positive cases in Cyprus, 413 were from contacts, which means they were infected here.
A total of 53 patients who had been hospitalised for coronavirus have recovered and been discharged, Loizou added.
At 3 pm on Thursday, there were 30 coronavirus patients at Famagusta Hospital, which is the referral hospital for Covid-19, of whom three are in the special care unit.
One patient was discharged today.
Another 12 patients are intubated, two in the ICU of Limassol Hospital and 10 in the ICU of Nicosia Hospital. Their condition is described as steady but critical.
“Even though the numbers show us that we are possibly on the right path, both in terms of cases as in terms of hospitalisation of patients, this should not make us complacent,” Loizou said.
The number of people who remain intubated and the number of deaths remind us that the time plan on this pandemic is se t not by us, but by the virus, he added.
“We stick to the instructions, stay home, keep a distance and slowly remove the virus from the community. Only in this way can he jope to win the battle,” he concluded.