Seven COVID-19 patients in ICU, two with additional oxygen needs

Seven COVID-19 patients are being treated in the Intensive Care Units and two of them are facing additional oxygen needs, according to Professor LeontiosKostrikkis, of the Advisory Body of the Health Ministry.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday afternoon, DrKostrikkis said that two people are being hospitalized in the ICU of the Nicosia General Hospital, three at the Limassol General Hospital and two at the Famagusta Hospital, which is the COVID-19 reference hospital in Cyprus.

He said that from all those patients who are now hospitalized, none is near to getting discharged.

Asked whether the people who are in self isolation are tested twice, he explained that for any person to terminate his or her self isolation, two tests are taking place, a day apart.

He also said that the persons who are in quarantine are tested only if they have symptoms, following the protocol and methodology for these cases.

DrKostrikkis when asked how worrisome the situation with the cases with non known origin is, he said that this is a significant issue because we need to trace their contacts and find out the epidemiological correlation with other cases.

He was also asked how many cases Cyprus’ health system can handle and he pointed out that the measures taken and others that might be announced tonight by the President of Cyprus, are implemented because we need to decongest the health services so that they can deal with the most severe cases.

DrKostrikkis also said that the authorities are examining the possibility of testing more than 1,000 cases per day, however they need to safeguard the quality of the tests carried out outside the Institute of Genetics and Neurology, that now runs all the tests on the island, and make sure that the methodology of the molecular technology used in the analysis is the correct one.

Ministry’s Spokesperson Margarita Kyriakou said that DrPana of the Advisory Body was tested negative for COVID-19, whereas DrNikolopoulos’ tests did not come back yet.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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