News Local Unit kept busy tracing down Covid-19 contacts and repatriates

Unit kept busy tracing down Covid-19 contacts and repatriates



Authorities  in the past couple of days are having to chase down repatriates and contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases who should be in self-isolation, Marilena Panagi reports for Phileleftheros on Wednesday.

In a couple of cases, the Health Ministry’s epidemiological monitoring unit has had to ask for the help of other public authorities to help track down individuals who should have been in self-isolation to inform them that they needed to undergo the Covid-19 test but were not responding to the unit’s phone calls, she writes.

In view of increasing non-compliance with the decrees, the Health Ministry is preparing to ask for the help police, she adds.

In one instance, a woman was notified that she was a very close contact of a confirmed case and needed to self-isolate at home. But when the unit looked for her to undergo a test, they could not find her and when she did answer her phone she said she was at the beach.

In a second case, another woman also a very close contact of a confirmed case, should under the decree have remained in self-isolation, but instead opted to go to work where she said that she had been informed that the positive result of her close contact was a mistake.

But according to Phileleftheros, her employer checked and on finding out that she had given false information, sent her home to self-isolate.

Yesterday, the media reported on a case of a repatriate who while in quarantine at a seaside hotel, had decided to take a walk. Police were notified and he was taken back.

Phileleftheros also reports on the case of a repatriate who had tested negative but still needed to remain in self-isolation. Authorities looked for him to notify him that he was a close contact of another person who had been on the same repatriation flight as him and tested positive. They found him with friends at a fast food restaurant.


Top Stories

160 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

The Health Ministry announced 160 new COVID-19 cases on 23 October, out of 4,327 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 3,314. The break-down of new...

Health Ministry insists there is confirmed case among American Center staff

The Health Ministry replied to the denial of the American Medical Center regarding a confirmed case among its staff. In an announcement the Ministry noted...

Health Ministry replies to accusation about delay of the tracing unit

The tracing unit contacts the persons who have tested positive to COVID-19 as soon as it is informed by the relevant laboratories and the...

Professor of Microbiology concerned about asymptomatic patients

Dr Petros Karayiannis, Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School, has expressed concern over the great number of private hospitals,...

30-year-old missing for seven months (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 30-year old NAKITA YASMEEN from the United Kingdom, whose traces have been lost since March 2020. Yasmeen’s disappearance was today...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...