Number of samples taken from Larnaca Hospital tested negative, planes continue to evacuate foreign nationals

 In Larnaca, 83 samples from the 180 taken from the hospital’s Pathology Ward tested negative for the coronavirus.

A 75-year-old patient who was treated at the ward tested positive and was taken to Famagusta Referral hospital.

GiorgosKarotsakis, Executive Director General of State Health Organisation said priority was given to the doctors, nurses and patients from the ward and who had come in direct contact with the elderly man.

Fifteen doctors, 32 nurses and hospital staff are in self-isolation after being in contact with the patient. On Tuesday, three doctors took over at the minister of Health’s instructions and more health staff are expected to help the hospital operate as normal.

The ICU and the rest of the staff are operating with skeleton staff and those requiring admission are either admitted at the hospital, Nicosia General hospital or are referred to private hospitals.

He also said virologists are 99% certain that the 75-year-old was already carrying the virus when he was admitted. Karotsakis said that despite the Health Minister’s decree for restriction of movement, the man continued to frequent coffee shops, endangering his life and also other people’s lives and doctors who are now in self-isolation and cannot perform their duties at the hospital.

As hospitals continue to treat those infected, foreign nationals continue to evacuate Cyprus.

Three flights departed from Larnaca on Thursday, carrying foreign nationals back to their countries.

A total of 103 patients left for Kiev this morning while another flight departed for Oslo, carrying 188 people. A Lufthansa flight was scheduled to depart Thursday afternoon for Frankfurt, carrying 130 passengers.

Three flights arrived on Wednesday from Moscow, Belgrade and Athens carrying 61 people and left with 248 people.

Two patients were discharged from Famagusta General hospital after having fully recovered from coronavirus. A total of 21 patients are still in the Referral Hospital receiving treatment.

In Paphos, 21 patients are being treated at the city’s General hospital, according to Joseph Moutiri, head of Cardiology Department. Moutiri has currently undertaken the hospital’s administration.

Dr. Moutiriss told CNA that no new cases of coronavirus were reported in the last two days. Several patients are expected to be discharged while others will be possibly transferred to Polis Chrysohous hospital.

The ICU unit of Paphos General hospital has six ventilators with four in service but will be returned within the next few days. The hospital has experienced nursing staff and a good anaesthesiologists’ team, he added.

Moutiris also said that the Abbot of the Monastery of St. Neophytos told him that he and the Archbishop of Cyprus would like to offer a respirator for the Paphos Hospital needs.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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