One woman is in the Nicosia general Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) with type A flu authorities said on Saturday.
The woman, who has pre-existing medical conditions, is now on life support.
The head of the state medical services, Elisavet Constantinou, told the state broadcaster CyBC that since September 30 when the flu season started until Friday, 168 persons had been treated in hospitals for type A flu of which six had to be admitted to ICUs. Five of the persons admitted in ICUs were discharged.
Constantinou said they were mainly elderly people with pre-existing health problems.
Most cases were recorded in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca, she said.
According to the health ministry, the flu season is expected to be over by March 17.
The ministry also said that the first flu cases were recorded in Limassol, some two weeks earlier than last year and concerned children between five and 15 that presented mild symptoms.
During the past two weeks, there have been cases also in the other districts, both among children and adults.
The health ministry urged those belonging to vulnerable groups such as persons over 65, infants, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses who have not yet been vaccinated for flu to do so.