The collection of samples by Paphos residents for free coronavirus testing continued for the second day on Sunday after it emerged the area is a hotspot for the virus, along with Aradippou in the Larnaca district.
Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos told the Cyprus News Agency that 186 people responded to the invitation to take the test on Saturday, 62 percent of the scheduled appointments for that day.
Around 1,000 Paphos area residents were randomly selected by the ministry of health based on demographic criteria defined by the ministry’s scientific and epidemiological team to ensure statistical sampling.
Phedonos said that the list includes 1,300 people since it is estimated that between 20per cent and 25 percent of those invited to take the test will not respond, either because they cannot be reached or because they belong to vulnerable groups and are afraid of leaving their homes.
Tests for Aradippou residents started on Friday with 153 people tested on Friday and 334 on Saturday. The 30 confirmed coronavirus cases announced on Saturday were found in Aradippou.