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Coronavirus: Sampling of 680 employees at Paphos hospital continues Wednesday (Updated)

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Paphos hospital will remain closed on Wednesday while all hospital staff is being tested for the coronavirus.

Only the A&E department and the hemodialysis unit will operate as usual.

Executive director of Paphos and Limassol hospitals Christos Nicolaou said that the goal is to reopen the Paphos general hospital as soon as possible.

Nicolaou said people should stay calm, saying there was no reason to panic, while noting that efforts are focused on opening all departments of the hospital for patients in the Paphos district.

He confirmed testing of all medical, nursing and paramedical staff continues, adding that samples are being taken in order of priority.

According to the director of the hospitals, departments where cases of coronavirus were discovered were disinfected twice, while particular attention was paid to areas where the infected persons had been moving around.

Patients treated at the Paphos hospital who have tested negative for the virus are being discharged while the entire building is disinfected and will be readmitted once it opens.

Nicolaou stressed, however, that there should be no complacency and we should all be alert.

On Tuesday it was announced that ten members of staff and one patient were infected with the virus after which it was decided that all 680 employees would undergo the necessary tests.

120 people were tested already on Tuesday, 150 the day before and sampling will continue throughout the day on Wednesday.

All of the infected persons came in contact with a 65-year-old patient who was hospitalised there and passed through the ICU and the radiology departments.

The confirmed cases are eight nurses, a doctor, a housekeeper and a patient.

The 70-year-old patient who came into contact with the 65-year-old and tested positive was taken to Famagusta hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

No new cases have been found so far and hospital staff are cautiously optimistic.

Staff who have been in close contact with the 65-year-old have been placed in mandatory isolation while the hospital is being disinfected.

Patients hospitalised in the Pathology clinic and the ICU were also isolated and their clinical picture is constantly evaluated.

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