articles | 04 June 2021

Cyprus moves into orange as cases drop to 130 per 100,000

Cyprus has moved into the ECDC’s orange category as the 14-day cumulative diagnosis rate dropped to 130 per 100,000 residents, the ministry of health said on Friday.

A total of 1,154 positive coronavirus cases were recorded between May 19 and June 1, with the cumulative diagnosis rate falling to 130 from 218.6 per 100,000 population in the previous 14 days, the weekly epidemiological report by the health ministry showed.

In Famagusta, the rate dropped from 327.2 to 222.9 per 100,000 people, in Larnaca from 200 to 99.3 per 100,000, Limassol from 242 to 177.2, Nicosia from 199.5 to 103.9, and in Paphos the rate decreased from 119.5 to 54.5 per 100,000 of the population.

However, for the country to enter the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) green category, the 14-day cumulative rate must be lower than 25 cases per 100,000 and the test positivity rate below 4%.

The current positivity rate from rapid tests is at 0.1% nationwide, with Paphos’ being at 0.0%, the ministry said. In Nicosia the positivity rate is at 0.1%, in Limassol 0.2 and in Larnaca and Famagusta 0.1%.

Despite the lifting of measures and resumption of social activities, people must remain careful and abide by the measures to maintain the improved epidemiological picture, the health ministry reiterated.

The majority of the cases, 68.7%, were among people aged 20 to 59 while only 108 people aged 60 and older tested positive in the last 14 days, the report added. The remaining 252 cases concerned people under the age of 19, while no data was available for one case.

The median age of the adult cases is 35.

Limassol accounted for 38.1% of the new cases, Nicosia for 31.2%, Larnaca 12.8, Famagusta 9.5% and Paphos 4.5%. Another 3.9% of the cases were traced in the British bases or were people who live permanently abroad.

Some 63 cases concerned people who came form abroad.

Meanwhile, 30.8% did not report any symptoms at diagnosis.

The cases resulted from 84,130 PCR and 638,543 rapid tests carried out in the 14-day period.

Hospitals across the island were treating 66 people for Covid-19 as of June 2 according to the report, with an average age of 65 years. Most patients, 41, have pre-existing health problems. For the same period, 19 people were in the ICU, including ten with pre-existing conditions.

Since the start of the pandemic outbreak, 362 people have died from coronavirus with the Covid-19 associated mortality being 40.7 per 100,000 population. The men to women ratio is 2:1.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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