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COVID19: Cyprus death toll low at 2.6%

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Cyprus’ coronavirus death rate is 2.6% while 784 or 83.5% of those who contracted the disease have recovered, the latest epidemiological data shows.

According to the data up to 26 May, a total of 939 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths (case fatality rate: 2.6%) were reported in the Republic of Cyprus.

Although 24 people died after contracting the virus, only 17 deaths were directly caused by coronavirus. The mortality rate for COVID-19 is 2.7 per 100,000 population.

Seventeen deaths (70.8%) occurred in men and seven (29.2%) in women; the median age of all deaths was 76.

Nine deaths were reported among residents in Larnaca, seven in Paphos, three in Nicosia and Famagusta and two in Limassol.

For 17 deaths, COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death (COVID-19 CFR: 1.8%).

Among confirmed cases, 20.1% or 189 are healthcare workers — 4.1% or 39 doctors, 10.1% or 95 nurses, 1.4% or 13 other health occupations and 4.5% or 42 auxiliary staff.

The median age of cases is 45 years; 49.8% are female and 50.2% are male.

Overall, of 794 cases for which the place of exposure was known, locally acquired infections were 658 or 82.9% – some 8.7% or 57 were related to a healthcare facility (General Hospital in Pafos) and 12.5% or 82 were reported in Aradippou municipality.

In total, 18.7% or 176 of cases received hospital care, of which 141 patients or 80.1% have been discharged from the hospital.

The median age of all hospitalized patients is 62 years, 64.9% are men.

Overall, 784 (83.5%) cases have recovered without symptoms and after two negative tests following their diagnosis or released 21 days after diagnosis.

A total of 105,929 tests have been performed as of May 26, that is, 12,093.7 per 100,000 population.

The median time between symptoms onset and date of sampling was 4 days.

The median age of cases is 45 years. By age groups, cases included 58 infants, children and adolescents aged 0-17 (6.2%), 652 adults aged 18-59 (69.4%), and 229 persons aged 60 and older (24.4%).

Most cases in Nicosia

Among all cases, 364 (38.8%) were reported in the Nicosia district, 242 (25.8%), Larnaca, 161 (17.2%) Paphos, 107 (11.4%), Limassol, 43 (4.6%) and in Famagusta, and 22 (2.3%).

Notably, 125 cases (13.3%) were reported in previous virus hotspot Aradippou, a municipality outside Larnaca.

In total, 17.1% of COVID-19-cases had a history of travel or residence abroad during the 14 days prior to symptom onset (imported). These cases have a direct link to the UK and Greece, mainly.

Locally acquired infections occurred in 82.9% of cases, of which 8.7% were linked to Paphos General Hospital.

Of all cases in Aradippou, 82 (65.6%) were locally-acquired, 10 (8%) imported and for 33 cases (26.4%) the epidemiological link was not recorded.

Out of the 939 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-cases, clinical information is available for 98.5% or 925, of which 32.5% or 301 reported no symptoms at diagnosis and 67.5% or 624 reported at least one symptom.

The most commonly reported symptoms were cough (34.2%), fever (32.2%), myalgia (22.1%), sore throat (17.3%), anosmia (13.2%) and shortness of breath (11.8%).

In total, 18.7% or 176 people with COVID-19 received hospital care, and 141 patients or 80.1% have been discharged from the hospital.

The median age of hospitalized patients was 62 years. Hospitalized cases were mainly males (114 or 64.8%).

Overall, 32 cases (18.2% of all hospitalized patients) have been admitted to ICU4, of which three were still in ICU.

A total of 27 ICU patients (84.4% of all ICU patients) have been intubated, of which three (100% of all patients currently in ICU) are still intubated.

The overall median length of stay in ICU, for all 32 ICU cases was 11 days.

The median age of patients admitted to ICU was 65.5 years. ICU patients are mainly male (23 or 71.9%).

The number of cases currently in ICU is 0.3 per 100,000 population.

By comparison, Italy and Lombardia reported the highest rates of 6.7 per 100,000 population and 13.8 per 100,000 population on 3 April.

The ICU rates in Italy and Lombardia on May 26 were 0.9 per 100,000 population (512) and 1.8 per 100,000 population.