COVID19: Cyprus cases in single digits on eve of lockdown exit

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Another eight people tested positive for coronavirus, from 1,968 tests, taking the confirmed total to 872, health authorities announced on Sunday.

New cases have stayed stable for more than a week, with Sunday’s figure only one up on the previous day.

The low infection rate has allowed Cyprus to introduce a road map out of lockdown starting on Monday with the public sector, construction and retail shops going back to work.

From Sunday’s data, no people were positive from 71 tests on frontline workers, neither out of 99 tests for employees in the retail food and beverage industry and care homes for the elderly.

Three people tested positive from 231 tests conducted in the context of tracing contacts of people that have been infected, one person tested positive out of 176 tests at the microbiology labs of general hospitals, two people tested positive from 229 tests on people returning from abroad, and another two tested positive from 1,162 tests conducted privately.

Since April 11 some 19,035 tests have been carried out on frontline workers in the public and private sector.
Some 12 people are inpatients at Famagusta General, which operates as the COVID-19 reference hospital. Two of them are in the Acute Care Unit.

Their condition is described as stable, one person was discharged from the hospital.

Five patients are breathing with the help of a ventilator, one at Limassol General Hospital ICU and four in the Nicosia General Hospital ICU.

One more patient is at Nicosia General but is not on a ventilator.

The condition of all patients in the ICUs is described as “critical but stable.”

Another five people who have contracted the virus are being treated at other hospitals.