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Former President Christofias in ‘critical’ condition (Updated)

Former President Demetris Christofias’ health condition remains critical, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Friday.

Ioannou said that two specialist doctors one on infectious diseases, the other a pneumonologist, had been called in on Thursday from Israel to assess Christofias’ health. They left on Friday.

Asked about Christofias’ condition, he said: “It is a critical situation.”

He refrained from elaborating.

The health ministry said later in the day that Christofias continued to be supported by a respirator but there was no deterioration in his condition. The need for multilevel support remained, it said.

Christofias, 72, has been in the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit since May 20 after presenting acute respiratory problems. He was placed back on a respirator on Thursday, two days after he showed improvement.

This will be the second time a specialist from Israel is flown in. A specialist on infectious diseases had been called in from Israel also last week to consult with Christofias’ attending doctors on the course of his treatment.

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