COVID19: Cyprus stays on one new case

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Cyprus confirmed only one new case of coronavirus on Saturday, keeping infections at the same level as the day before as more lockdown measures will be lifted on June 1.

After reaching zero cases twice within a week, Cyprus can’t maintain the streak, although the one case on Saturday is evidence COVID-19 is being contained despite relaxation of measures.

The Health Ministry said the one new case came from 115 tests of tracking and tracing contacts of those who have contracted the virus.

It said there were no cases among the 147 tests on people repatriated to Cyprus which was the case on Friday.

The new case was confirmed after 2,061 tests were taken Saturday taking total coronavirus cases since the outbreak to 943, including 12 in the British Bases, deaths remain at 17.

Nobody tested positive from 541 tests were carried on employees at hairdressing salons, barbershops, tattoo studios and restaurants.

Moreover, 886 samples tested negative from pupils and school staff plus 4 tests in the retail sector and construction sites.

A combined 246  private tests and hospital lab samples on patients also came up negative.

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

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

On June 1, all museums, archaeological sites and ancient monuments in Cyprus which were closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic will reopen.

Turkish Cypriot authorities have had no new COVID-19 cases since 17 April, their total stands at 108 and four deaths.