Three deaths and 2,130 new cases due to COVID-19 in the past week, Ministry of Health announces

Cyprus on Friday announced 3 deaths from COVID-19 and 2,130 new cases, recorded between August 12 and 18.

According to the Health Ministry, 47,532 tests were carried out with a positivity rate of 4.48%.

The deaths concern 3 men aged 65, 68 and 92. This brings the number of deaths from COVID-19 so far to 1,152.

The Ministry said that, 574,124 COVID-19 cases have been recorded so far.

Currently, 73 patients with COVID-19 are being treated in hospital, including 15 who are in a serious condition; seven of them are intubated, and eight in a high-dependency unit.

Three post-COVID patients continue to be intubated in the ICU.

The number of PCR tests in the past seven days was 2,402 with 206 positive results and a positivity rate of 8.58%, while total antigen rapid tests were 45,130 with 1,924 positive results and a positivity rate of 4.26%.

In particular, out of 2 PCR tests carried out through contact tracing, none tested positive. Out of 1,936 PCR tests carried out on a private initiative 145 cases were detected. Another 1,842 people tested positive out of 29,882 rapid antigen tests carried out privately.

A total of 15,248 rapid antigen tests were carried out in the context of Ministry of Health screening programmes detecting 82 cases. These include 8,686 tests in testing units with 45 cases, 293 tests in the National Guard with only one positive case, 4,093 tests in homes for the elderly with 22 positives and 2,176 tests in closed structures with 14 positive results.

Source: Cyprus News Agency