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Coronavirus: three new cases announced on Friday (Update 2)

The health ministry on Friday announced three  new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 910.

Describing the results as satisfactory, virologist Leontios Kostrikkis said the scientific team recommended a further relaxation of the measures, in effect allowing phase two to go ahead as planned though stressed that the next few days will be very important.

“The picture formed two weeks after the first lifting of the restrictions is very satisfactory.”

One case was found through 716 tests carried out in retail and the remaining two were out of 292 tests carried out at general hospitals’ microbiology labs.

In total, 1,794 tests were carried out, including 120 tests through contact tracing, 27 tests on people who returned from abroad, 422 carried out through private initiative, 74 through tests of vulnerable groups and 156 tests in schools, the latter of which all came back negative.

According to scientific director of state health services (Okypy) Dr Marios Loizou, there are five people in the Famagusta reference hospital who are overall well.

There are three patients in Nicosia general hospital ICU whose condition is critical but stable.

All hospitals except the reference hospitals are treating two confirmed cases, in separate wings.

Loizou outlined the UN issued their own statement pointing out that due to the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people with symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as an increase in alcohol consumption.

“At the same time, the challenges in accessing mental health services due to the pandemic have worsened the problem. It is therefore of the essence to ensure individuals have access to these services.”

No new cases were reported in the north. In total, 1404 tests were carried out for Friday’s figures. The total number of cases is 108 and no one is being treated at the hospital for the virus.

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