COVID19: Prisoner, student among Cyprus cases

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A prisoner, school student and an employee in the food hospitality sector were the island’s three new cases of coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday.

Cyprus reported another three cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, down from five on the previous day, taking the total to 952.

The three new COVID-19 cases announced by the Health Ministry on Tuesday were identified from a total of 1,473 tests.

One of the cases involved a student attending Larnaca’s Droshia high school, who was identified after some 430 tests were carried out in the framework of the 20,000 free tests offered to students and teaching staff.

A second positive case was a person convicted to serve jail time; he was tested before being admitted into the state’s central prison facilities.

The other case was identified as a restaurant worker, among 361 tests sponsored by the government for employees at hair salons, barbershops, restaurants, and tattoo parlours.

Health authorities also carried out some 66 tests on people who were recently repatriated and 75 contacts of known cases. All tests came back negative.

On Tuesday there were three Covid-19 patients at Famagusta General, the referral hospital for coronavirus.

Another three patients remain intubated at the ICU of Nicosia General Hospital.