Cluster of 92 COVID-19 cases detected in Nicosia slaughterhouse, Health Minister expresses concern

The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday the detection of a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse, in Nicosia District, where 92 employees tested positive. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said events were extremely worrying and noted that conditions under which the infection spread are being probed.

 

According to a Ministry announcement, the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit was informed by the private laboratory that run tests on the slaughterhouse staff, that 92 out of 146 samples tested turned out positive for COVID-19.

 

The Epidemiological Surveillance Unit is in contact with the management in order to implement the relevant protocols, while the slaughterhouse remains closed.

 

In a written announcement, Minister Ioannou says that the detection of the cluster of cases shows that relevant health protocols are incorrectly applied and in several cases protection measures are violated.

 

Events like this are “extremely worrying” because they undermine the collective effort to tackle the health crisis and “effectively invalidate the sacrifices the society as a whole is making, in order to contain the virus” the Minister goes on.

 

Despite constant consultations, appeals and instructions, in many cases an “inexcusable indifference” prevails, posing a challenge for thousands of employees, employers and citizens who observe the measures in place and follow the relevant health protocols, the Minister notes.

 

Priority at the moment is given to efforts to detect and isolate the cases and their contacts, in order to contain the virus from spreading further, Ioannou says and calls once more for people to observe the health protocols and reduce their circle of contacts.

 

The State Health Services Organization (SHSO) announced that it activated an action plan, after the 92 cases were detected at the slaughterhouse.

 

SHSO Spokesman Pambos Charilaou said that they dispatched two doctors and nurses to examine the staff. The team will take all necessary steps to isolate individuals found to be positive, in order to contain the virus, he concluded.

 

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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