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articles | 13 April 2020

Coronavirus: Cyprus cases going downhill, deaths rise to 11

Cyprus health authorities reported one more death from coronavirus on Sunday and 17 new confirmed cases, stressing there is a downward trend but urged people to stay home.

An 82-year-old woman who had serious health issues is the latest COVID-19 victim who passed away at Famagusta Referral Hospital.

The total number of deaths attributed to SARS-CoV-2 is 11, seven men and four women, with a mean age of 69. The 17 new cases were detected from a total of 804 laboratory tests.

Ten people were detected through tracing the contacts of already confirmed cases, one from 148 lab tests of 20,000 to be taken of professionals on the frontline and six the authorities are investigating how they were infected.

According to Sunday’s data, the total number of cases is 633, including 10 detected in the British Bases.

The 633 COVID-19 cases were detected from a total of 17,923 tests by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, the Microbiological Lab at Nicosia General Hospital and private labs.

Some 482 were contracted in Cyprus while 65 people diagnosed positive have fully recovered.

Health Ministry advisor Dr Leontios Kostrikis said the figures for the last 24 hours confirm the downward trend exhibited in recent days.

This strengthens the scientific team’s optimism on the effectiveness of the strategy followed.

“In the near future we will have the findings of the extended sampling among the population, which will allow us to know the extent of the spread of the virus,”, said Dr Kostrikis.

“We are on the right track”.

He also said that from Monday, as we enter the Orthodox Easter week, there will be an increasing need for more travel.

“We appeal to everyone to take self-protective measures and limit their contacts”, he said.

Kostrikis said there are asymptomatic carriers who spread the virus without knowing.

“Don’t risk your health and don’t endanger the health of your loved ones. Stay home.”

Dr Marios Loizou of the Cyprus State Health Services Organisation said there are 25 patients being treated at the Famagusta Referral hospital, three in the Special care Unit while four have been discharged.

There are eight patients on ventilators, two in the Limassol ICU and six in Nicosia’s ICU. There are five more patients at the Nicosia General Hospital ICU.

The condition of all patients in the ICUs is critical but stable. Loizou said the positive picture of the previous days continues.

He also said that luckily in Cyprus, “we have managed to protect” the elderly compared to other countries where nursing homes have been literally decimated by the coronavirus.

Source: Financial Mirror

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