articles | 18 June 2021

As indicators fall, Cyprus edging towards Green ECDC ranking

Cyprus is progressing steadily towards the ECDC’s green categorisation as all districts reported reduced coronavirus caseloads, the health ministry’s National Report showed on Friday.

The island’s case rate over the last 14 days was 92.1 per 100,000, and to be counted as green it must fall as low as 75.

This is another sharp drop compared to the last report, published on May 28, which found the cumulative diagnosis rate to be 218.6 per 100,000.

The report which covers the two weeks from June 2 to June 15 found the positivity rate to be around 0.1%.

As of June 15, some districts already have case numbers that meet the ‘green’ criteria.

In Larnaca the number fell to 30.2 from 99.3, while in Nicosia it fell to 63.5 from 103.9 and in Paphos to 53.5 from 54.5, compared to the previous two weeks. In Famagusta the number fell to 139.1 from 222.9 and in Limassol to 166.7 from 177.2.

Limassol however had just over half of the 818 cases identified in the past two weeks, with 414 positives. Nicosia accounted for 26.9% with its 220 cases.

Again, most of the cases were found among the younger age groups, where vaccine coverage is lowest but they are also typically the most socially active members of the population.

The 20-29 age group saw 23.1% of cases and the 30-39-year-olds 21.1%.

The cumulative diagnosis rate in the past 14 days for the 20-59 age group saw 109.5 cases per 100,000, while for those aged 60-69 it stood at 42.3.

For the 70-79-year-olds this rate was at 22.6 and for those aged 80 and above 29.9.

The report also showed that 13.8% of the recorded cases were ‘imported’.

Of the 818 cases seen during the two weeks, the remaining 86.2% (705 cases) were locally acquired.

As of June 16, of the 39 people who were hospitalised just under half (48.7%) had underlying health conditions.

Regarding the clinical features of the cases, 29.6% (242) reported no symptoms at diagnosis.

The R rate was estimated at 0.82 (0.74 – 0.91). This means that each infected person is assumed to infecting less than one other.

Over the 14 day period of the report, 86,196 PCR and 506,982 rapid tests were carried out (9,705.6 PCR and 57,092.6 rapid tests per 100,000 population).

Source: Cyprus Mail

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