32 new Covid-19 cases were announced by the Health Ministry on Wednesday evening, bringing the total number of cases to 526.
According to the update from the Ministry of Health, the new confirmed cases are:
- 24 found through tracing of the contacts of people who were found positive to Coronavirus
- 8 whose history is being investigated
Of the 4 cases which were being investigated in previous days, two have been traced to contact and two are being investigated.
It is important to note that the 526 COVID-19 cases were confirmed after a total of 14,273 samples test were performed by the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the Microbiology Department of OKYPY Hospitals and private laboratories. 390 out of 526 come from contacts, so the infections are from Cyprus.
52 of the people who were positively diagnosed with the virus and were treated have recovered.
The highest number of cases recorded so far was on April 1 when 58 COVID-19 infections were confirmed. Since then, there has been a steady – yet stubborn – decrease in the number of cases.
Analysts have praised the positive trend but have warned against complacency.
A total of 5,090 checks carried out from 6 pm on Tuesday until 6 am on Wednesday led to just 76 people being booked for violating the decree on restricted movement, down from 127 during the same period the previous night.
The Paphos and Aradippou have finish testing. In Paphos today from the last 336 samples the results for Paphos there were four positive cases in a total of 707 samples.
The number of 32 new cases, out of a total of 1,256 laboratory analyzes, keeps our strategy unchanged.
Tests in the Paphos area were ramped up as the region became a so-called hotspot for infections. Health authorities sought to gain control of the situation by focusing testing in Paphos and gain a clearer picture of what they are up against.
The good news, so far, from Paphos was echoed by Loizou’s emphasis on the lifting of restrictions in Wuhan. The Chinese city was the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Wuhan celebrated the lifting of some measures. At the time the measures sounded distant and strange but we are now experiencing almost the same restrictions,” he said.
“The opening of Wuhan shows us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We must be patient. There is a right time for everything.”
As of 3pm on Wednesday, 24 patients are being cared for in the referral hospital in Famagusta. Three of them are receiving ICU assistance.
Thirteen patients are intubated, two at the ICU in Limassol and 11 in Nicosia. They are in stable but critical conditions.