A 72-year-old man with underlying health issues has died from type A flu in Limassol, it was announced on Wednesday.
The man was being treated at Limassol hospital’s intensive care unit.
He is the eighth person to die from type A flu since December.
In a statement the health ministry said flu activity remained heightened between February 8 and 13 though at a lower intensity than the previous weeks.
Since December 1 last year, health authorities recorded 47 serious incidents with eight deaths and 11 still hospitalised.
“Although the situation requires people to be vigilant, there is no need for panic considering that falling ill with the flu did not mean a person would end up in hospital in serious condition,” the ministry said.
The flu affects thousands of people during this time and the great majority goes through a relatively mild illness at home with medicines, plenty of fluids and rest.
The ministry said people with intense symptoms like protracted fever, breathing difficulty, chest pain, confusion, drowsiness, strong headache, and exhaustion must visit their doctor.
Emphasis should be given to prevention because it is the only way to stop the flu wave effectively.