Findings from 3,000 diagnostic coronavirus tests completed on Tuesday show the virus is spreading, health minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Wednesday. At the same time, he called on people to continue to cooperate and be vigilant.
“This development is of particular concern to us because if outbreaks are left unchecked, then the spread of the virus can reach dangerous proportions,”
“The data also shows that most carriers of the virus are young and have no symptoms.
This raises our concerns because it increases the risk of transmitting vi. Peopleple with this profile are more socially active and spread the virus, unknowingly, to more people and over a larger geographical area, which makes tracing difficult.”
Given the results, the ministry will start to carry out another 10,000 diagnostic tests in all districts. These are expected to help identify asymptomatic carriers and give a better overall picture of the situation.
“I would like to follow once again the instructions set out in the health protocols faithfullyocols.
The first defense should be social distancing, the limitisocializingalising as much as possible, especially in places where many people gather.
It is also essential to observe the personal protection measures, the use of face masks where needed, and the frequent and thorough washing of hands.”
The minister went on to say the situation is under control, and the epidemiological picture remains at satisfactory levels.
“However, recent outbreaks are indicative of a relapse of the virus, which should be stopped in time,” he warned.
So far, he added, Cyprus has been one of the few countries in the world which excellently faced the pandemic.
“We have won the battle but the war is raging and until the vaccine is found we must be vigilant.”
“I ask again for the cooperation and understanding of the citizeonsibindividual’s responsibility, each individual, and I rely on the conscientiousness of the vast majority of our society.
I understand fatigue, I listen t,o the discomfort, and I know the problems that occur in elivesone’s daily life. Our primary concern is public health.
This effort is a marathon, and I am sure that our people have the necessary reserves of patience and perseverance to reach the end.”