COVID19: Cyprus goes from zero cases back up to two

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After reaching zero cases the previous day, Cyprus on Thursday recorded two new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said.

Two COVID-19 cases were confirmed from 2,602 tests taking total coronavirus infections since the outbreak to 941.

Dr Leontios Kostrikis, a member of the ministry’s scientific committee, said the two people who tested positive were from 60 tests on contacts of confirmed cases.

Nobody tested positive from 730 tests were carried on employees at hairdressing salons, barbershops, tattoo studios and restaurants.

Moreover,1,042 samples tested negative from pupils and school staff plus 142 tests in the retail sector and construction sites.

“The data before us form a particularly optimistic picture, they allow us to proceed with more certainty with plans to lift restrictive measures,” said Kostrikis.

He urged people to continue to be careful and remain vigilant.

According to Dr Marios Loizou of the State Health Services Organisation said: “The efforts of all of us allow us to be optimistic. The way back to normalcy has begun. We proceed carefully, with steady steps forward.”

Only four patients are being treated at Famagusta General, the COVID-19 reference hospital.

One patient is in the Acute Care Unit while another was discharged from the hospital.

Three other patients are on ventilators at Nicosia General Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

Loizou also thanked every health professional for battling daily with the disease for the past three months.