articles | 12 May 2020

Coronavirus: Three new cases, total at 901

Three new cases of coronavirus were announced by the health ministry on Monday, bringing the total to 901.

Announcing the cases, virologist Leontios Kostrikis said one was found through contact tracing, one was an individual returning from abroad, and one was found from tests conducted on private initiative.

On the day schools opened for third year lyceum students, Kostrikis called on the students to follow their teachers’ instructions and general good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We advise them to be careful, follow their teachers’ instructions, and respect personal health measures,” he said.

A total of 1,046 tests were processed on Monday, 92 from contact tracing, 189 from state hospital laboratories, 345 from repatriated individuals, 219 from private laboratories, 20 from vulnerable groups, and 181 retail and construction workers.

Commenting on the situation, Kostrikis said positive cases found in previous days among vulnerable groups is concerning.

“In the past few days, positive cases were found in these groups, something that especially concerns us,” he said.

Regarding the situation in hospitals, state health services’s (Okypy’s) scientific director, Dr Marios Loizou said 12 people were being treated for the virus at Famgusta General, the reference hospital.

“The patients are in a generally good condition,” he said.

He added another four patients are intubated, one at Limassol General’s intensive care unit, and three at Nicosia General’s unit.

They are all in a critical but stable condition.  In other hospitals, there are a total of six cases.

He called on the public to continue to be cautious, ‘so we can move forward.’

Loizou said people cannot make the mistake to believe the virus is gone.

In the north, no new cases were reported on Monday, the ‘health minister’ Ali Pilli said.

The total remains at 108, with the final coronavirus patient being discharged from the hospital in northern Nicosia on Monday.

The patient is an 83-year-old man.  The man said he was happy to be home.

Present at the hospital were Pilli and the ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar.

Source: Cyprus Mail


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