Cyprus authorities announce on Sunday 116 new COVID-19 cases and record number of hospital patients

Cyprus authorities announced on Sunday that 116 new COVID-19 cases were detected, after conducting 2,803 laboratory tests. At the same time, hospitals in Cyprus are treating the highest number of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 since the start of the pandemic, as their number rose to 77 in Famagusta and Nicosia hospitals.


A Ministry of Health announcement says that 69 new cases were identified after testing 560 samples from contact tracing, 19 cases were located after 369 people tested on a private initiative, 9 cases were discovered from 262 samples tested in Microbiology Labs of General Hospitals, 11 cases were traced among 1,173 samples taken from passengers, and 8 cases were identified after testing 249 samples from referrals from GPs.


No cases were found after 55 laboratory tests in the framework of a program for pupils, teachers and school staff, 95 tests run in immigrant reception centers and 13 tests as part of the Cyprus Football Association’s random testing in sports clubs.


The total number of cases in Cyprus since the start of the pandemic rose to 5,987.


61 patients, positive to SARS-CoV-2, are hospitalized in Famagusta General Hospital, and 6 of them are treated in the Advanced Care Unit. Another seven patients are treated at the Nicosia General Hospital ICU, and nine more are hospitalized in COVID-19 wards.


The Ministry of Health notes that the Advanced Care Unit at Famagusta Hospital reached its maximum capacity and says that developments are “particularly worrying” since the number of patients is expected to rise in the next few days.


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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