COVID19: Cyprus records zero cases for first time

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Cyprus on Saturday showed it was right to gamble on easing the lockdown after zero COVID-19 cases were recorded for the first time since the outbreak on March 9.

The Health Ministry announced there were no new cases of coronavirus from the 2,414 tests taken, this was compared to 4 COVID-19 infections on Friday.

There were no positive cases from 349 tests for hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlours.

Microbiological labs at general hospitals also found none from 170 tests.

More encouragingly there were no cases found among the 1,007 tests done at schools or the 463 on retail shops employees and construction workers – who went back to work on May 4.

Based on current data, the total number of positive cases in Cyprus remains at 927, including 12 inside the British Bases.

Five patients are being treated at the COVID-19 referral hospital Famagusta General, one of them is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

Two patients remain on a ventilator at the Intensive Care Unit of Nicosia General, while two other patients are being treated without the aid of a ventilator.

Cyprus lifted restrictions on free movement on Thursday while barbers, hair salons, outdoor cafes and restaurants were also allowed to open under a more relaxed regime.