articles | 03 April 2020

Coronavirus: one death, a woman, 36 new confirmed cases

The health ministry on Thursday announced 36 new coronavirus cases, and one new death, bringing the total to 356 in the government-controlled areas so far plus 10 deaths.

A woman aged 77 with underlying health issues died in Limassol hospital’s ICU, the ministry announced. It brought the total death toll to 10, eight men and two women with an average age of 69. Eight of the 10 had underlying conditions.

Twenty-four of the new cases came about through contacts with confirmed cases while one had recently returned from abroad. The background of the rest 11 of the cases is being investigated. The total cases include ten people in the British bases.

“The number is smaller than yesterday’s, but 37 cases is not a small number either,” virologist Leontios Kostrikis said comparing the new cases with the 58 announced on Wednesday, which had been the biggest jump in numbers to date.

As of Thursday, 35 people were hospitalised in Famagusta General, including five people in ICU. Three people were released from the hospital.

Nine people are intubated, two in Limassol and seven in Nicosia. Their condition is said to be critical but stable.

A patient in the intensive care unit in Limassol hospital was removed from intubation on Thursday. He remains hospitalised in ICU in stable condition.

A total of 227 out of 356 cases were through contacts with confirmed cases. Twenty-seven people recovered from the coronavirus.

Residents of Paphos and Aradippou are expected to take coronavirus tests due to the increased cases registered in these two areas, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Since the outbreak, 8,779 tests were carried out at the Institute of Neurology and Genetics.

The new cases came from a batch of 603 tests.

The north of the island has reported 81 Covid-19 cases and two deaths since the outbreak.

Source: Cyprus Mail


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