articles | 22 May 2020

Coronavirus: one new case announced on Thursday

One new case of Covid-19 was announced on Thursday, bringing the total ever detected in the Republic to 923.

It emerged from the results of 2,647 tests.

The latest person to test positive was among the individuals who had had contact with a confirmed carrier at a Paphos kindergarten, announced a few days ago.

Both were employees at the kindergarten in question.

Despite the extremely low incidence, now ongoing for several days, Leontis Kostrikkis, one of the government’s experts on the coronavirus, advised continued vigilance.

“The second phase of relaxations [on restrictions] which we entered today, signals an important point as we go forward,” he said at the Covid-19 briefing.

Covid-19 lab tests are continuing among retail and construction workers, school pupils and teachers, and hairdressers and beauty salon professionals, the latter two categories having returned to their duties on Thursday.

Meantime the latest weekly epidemiological bulletin – data valid to May 19 – showed the case fatality rate in Cyprus stood at 1.8% (17 deaths out of 918 positive cases).

To date, 17 people have died directly due to Sars-Cov-2, although many of the deceased also had underlying health conditions. Overall, 24 people with the virus have died.

The latest epidemiological bulletin itself does not distinguish between those who died from Covid-19 – the more accurate representation for the case fatality rate – and those who died with it. Instead, it cites only the higher number of 24 deaths and thus reports a case fatality rate of 2.6% (24 divided by 918).

Previous bulletins had made that distinction, reporting both figures.

Elsewhere the report said that overall 174 (or 19%) of persons diagnosed positive had ever received hospital care, while 32 cases (or 18.4% of all hospitalised) have ever been admitted to ICU, of which four were still in ICU as of May 19.

The median age of patients admitted to ICU was 65.5 years.

The number of cases in ICU at the time of the report was 0.5 per 100,000 population.

In total, 561 (61.1 or%) cases had recovered (two negative tests following diagnosis).

Source: Cyprus Mail


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