COVID19: Cyprus keeps infection rate low

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Cyprus continues to keep a firm grip on the spread of coronavirus as it announced only two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and one more death that was not directly attributed to the virus.

The two new cases were detected after conducting 1,153 lab tests.

According to the Ministry of Health, a 72-year-old woman, with serious underlying health conditions, died on Tuesday at the Famagusta General, the referral hospital for COVID-19 patients.

The woman contracted the virus, but her death was not attributed to COVID-19 due to other serious medical factors.

The death toll of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 has risen to 23 but those who died as a direct result of COVID-19 remain at 16, eleven of which were men and five women with an average age of 73.

On the basis of the data, the number of confirmed cases in Cyprus has reached 903, including 10 in the British Bases.

Cyprus’ new COVID-19 infections were both detected from tests carried out on private initiative, none were found from tracing contacts of known cases or from other government testing schemes.

At Famagusta General, there are now eight COVID-19 patients with one being treated at the Acute Care Unit (ACU). Three patients were also discharged.

More tests

Meanwhile, Cyprus is containing the spread of coronavirus in the community by ramping up a record number of COVID-19 tests, official data shows.

The Health Ministry boasts that it has carried out more tests compared to other countries fighting the pandemic.

Cyprus has carried out 8,861.4 tests for every 100,000 population up from 6,622.9 recorded in the previous report.

According to the latest epidemiological data, updated on 10 May, Cyprus saw a total of 898 cases, out of which 32 (3.6%) were hospitalised at Intensive Care Units.

The number of ICU patients has not increased compared to the previous report with data up to 30 April.

Some 6% of coronavirus cases were aged 0-17, 69% were recorded in the age group 18-59, while 25% belonged to the age group 60+. The median age of cases was 46.

There is no gender divide of COVID-19 cases in Cyprus, the disease does not distinguish between male and female, as 50% of cases are women and 50% men, although the death rate is much higher among men.

Regarding the geographical distribution of cases, Paphos takes the lead with 126.5 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.

Previously reported as Cyprus’ largest hotspot, Aradippou, a village outside Larnaca, has been removed from the data.

The 20,000 population of Aradippou had more than 400 cases for every 100,000.

Data for Aradippou has been incorporated in figures given for Larnaca district which follows Paphos with 112.9 cases, Nicosia is third with 74.3 cases for every 100,000, followed by Famagusta with 47.7.

Limassol is the least affected district with 24.5 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.